The Art Of The Mystery Story A Collection Of Critical EssaysA Comprehensive And Diverting, Instructive And Lively Collection Here Howard Haycraft Mixes Historical Pieces Together With Original Contributions By Well Known Mystery Writers, Reviewers, And Editors Contributors Include G K Chesterton, Dorothy L Sayers, S S Van Dine, Raymond Chandler, John Dickson Carr, Rex Stout, Edmund Wilson, Ellery Queen, Dashiell Hammett And Others. This book has a wide variety of essays articles written writers, readers and critics of Crime Fiction in its various forms These pieces range from 1902 an article written by G K Chesterton to the 1940s, the time this collection was originally published It has lots of useful information about the history of genre and presents a plethora views including Edmund Wilson s damning criticisms of the genre as a whole Unsurprisingly due to the time it was published, some ideas and perceptions have aged and modern readers will struggle to identify with them An important example of this is how certain contributors such as Judge Lynch perceives female readers of the genre stating views for instance, that female readers want to read crime novels about nice people who they would want to invite around to tea On a positive note, the collection of humorous works concerning detective stories was very entertaining One which particularly stood out was a short piece by Pierre Very call
I ve had this book on my shelf for years and finally got around to reading it It s very dated, and the essays reflect prejudices and attitudes of the the 20s, 30s and 40s For example, at least two essays state that good detective stories must have no chinamen not sure why , and several go on about how men like detective stories because they are manly macho men, while women are too gentle and fragile, blah blah It s f
I m still working my way through this book, but really enjoying it It is a collection of essays by mystery authors and critics, offering everything from writing advice, historical perspective, notes on characters and origins, humor, speculation, etc Writers include G.K Chesterton, Dorothy L Sayers, Vincett
Having been first published in 1947, it was very dated A lot of the articles covered the same ground, but the articles by Chandler and Hammett, plus the poem by Ogden Nash stood out. Synopsis essays and articles including critiques of crime fiction up to the 1940s More than 50 of them.
- 576 pages
- The Art of the Mystery Story
- Howard Haycraft
- 12 February 2018 Howard Haycraft