Making the detective story American : Biggers, Van Dine and Hammett and the turning point of the genre, 1925-1930 / J.K. Van Dover.
- Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2010.
ix, 221 p. ; 23 cm.
- Detective and mystery stories, American -- History and criticism.
American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Biggers, Earl Derr, 1884-1933 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Van Dine, S. S. -- Criticism and interpretation.
Hammett, Dashiell, 1894-1961 -- Criticism and interpretation.
- "Detective fiction is one of the America's most popular and enduring literary genres. This critical text examines the fiction of Earl Derr Biggers, S. S. Van Dine, and Dashiell Hammett, three writers who, during the Roaring Twenties, transformed the detective story "--Provided by publisher.
- Introduction: the detective and the 1920s
He used to be a highbrow: intellect, taste, and the detection of crime in the 1920s
No Chinaman: ethnicity and the detective in the 1920s
Ripped from the headlines: translating sensational crime fact into popular crime fiction in the 1920s
Enterprising, flippant, hard: young American women in detective fiction of the 1920s
Appendix A: three brief biographies
Appendix B: mystery and detection bestsellers, 1925-1935
Appendix C: films based on the works of Earl Derr Biggers, S.S. van Dine, and Dashiell Hammett.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- 9780786448951 (pbk : alk. paper)
0786448954 (pbk : alk. paper)
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