The Essential Elements of the Detective Story, 1820-1891 (Paperback)

The Essential Elements of the Detective Story, 1820-1891 By Leroy Lad Panek, Mary M. Bendel-Simso Cover Image
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Until recently, only a privileged few could read the rare, early writings that formed the basis of detective fiction in America and made it one of the most popular literary genres of the 19th century. Drawing on the unprecedented access provided by digital collections of period newspapers and magazines, this book examines detective fiction during its formative years, focusing on such crucial elements as setting, lawyers and the law, physicians and forensics, women as victims and heroes, crime and criminals, and police and detectives.

About the Author

The late LeRoy Lad Panek, professor emeritus of English at McDaniel College (and "One of the most readable, prolific, and perceptive academic scholars of mystery fiction"--Mystery Scene and Edgar Award winner), was the author of a number of books about detective fiction. He lived in Westminster, Maryland. Mary M. Bendel-Simso is a professor of English at McDaniel College and lives in Westminster, Maryland.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781476666990
ISBN-10: 1476666997
Publisher: McFarland & Company
Publication Date: February 28th, 2017
Pages: 256
Language: English