The Best American Mystery Stories of the 19th Century

The Best American Mystery Stories of the 19th Century

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An unparalleled treasury of crime, mystery, and murder from the genre's founding century With stories by Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, L. Frank Baum, Edith Wharton, Stephen Crane, and Jack London, The Best American Mystery Stories of the Nineteenth Century is an essential anthology of American letters. It's a unique blend of beloved writers who contributed to the genre and forgotten names that pioneered the form, such as Anna Katharine Green, the godmother of mystery fiction, and the African-American writer Charles W. Chesnutt. Of course, Penzler includes "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," recognized as the first detective story, and with thirty-three stories spanning the years 1824-1899, nowhere else can readers find such a surprising, comprehensive take on the evolution of the American mystery story.
Publisher: Boston ;, New York :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2014
ISBN: 9780544302228
Branch Call Number: FICTION Best 2014
Characteristics: xvii, 604 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Penzler, Otto - Editor


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what a classic! my two favorite tales were by Stephen crane, and by mark twain. although a lot of the other writers have been forgotten, their work is worthy of being remembered. about the only way to do that is to anthologize them, as otto penzler has done with this volume. I even like the look of the book: it's got a black cover, it's a good size, in hardback, and the pages are easy on the eyes, to read. A winner! winner, winner, winner, winner.


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