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The detective as historian : history and art in historical crime fiction
Browne, Ray B. (Ray Broadus), 1922-2009.
Publication Information:
Bowling Green, OH : Bowling Green State University Popular Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
x, 310 pages ; 24 cm
Reading Level:
1390 Lexile.

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PR830.D4 D39 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Readers of detective stories are turning more toward historical crime fiction to learn both what everyday life was like in past societies and how society coped with those who broke the laws and restrictions of the times. The crime fiction treated here ranges from ancient Egypt through classical Greece and Rome; from medieval and renaissance China and Europe through nineteenth-century England and America.
Topics include: Ellis Peter s "Brother Cadfael"; Umberto Eco s "Name of the Rose"; Susanna Gregory s "Doctor Matthew Bartholomew"; Peter Heck s Mark Twain as detective; Anne Perry and her Victorian-era world; Caleb Carr s works; and Elizabeth Peter s Egyptologist-adventurer tales."

Table of Contents

Robin W. WinksRay B. Browne and Lawrence A. Kreiser, Jr.Rita RippetoeTerrance L. LewisPeter HuntChristiane W. Luehrs and Robert B. LuehrsEdward J. RiellyEdward L. Meek and Theron M. Westervelt and David N. EldridgeJean CoakleyJudy Ann FordJeffrey A. Rydberg-CoxPatricia W. JuliusR. Gordon KellyJean CoakleyDavid N. Eldridge and Theron M. Westervelt and Edward L. MeekFrank A. SalamoneDonna Bradshaw SmithScott R. ChristiansonMarie NelsonAnita VickersJerry L. ParkerLawrence A. Kreiser, Jr.Ray B. Browne and Lawrence A. Kreiser, Jr.Douglas TallackLinda J. Holland-TollMargaret L. FoxwellGary Hoppenstand
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Lynda S. Robinson and Lauren Haney: Detection in the Land of Mysteriesp. 11
John Maddox Roberts and Steven Saylor: Detecting in the Final Decades of the Roman Republicp. 22
Lindsey Davis: Falco, Cynical Detective in a Corrupt Roman Empirep. 32
Peter Tremayne: Sister Fidelma and the Triumph of Truthp. 45
Ellis Peters: Brother Cadfaelp. 60
P. C. Doherty: Hugh Corbett, Secret-Agent and Problem-Solverp. 76
Susanna Gregory: Doctor Matthew Bartholomew, Master of Medicine and Detectionp. 85
Umberto Eco: The Name of the Rosep. 95
Elizabeth Eyre: Detection in the Italian Renaissancep. 111
Margaret Frazer: Sister Frevisse and Medieval Mysteriesp. 122
Josephine Tey and Others: The Case of Richard IIIp. 133
C. L. Grace: Kathryn Swinbrook, Fifteenth-Century Physician and Sleuthp. 147
Michael Clynes: The Recollections of Shallotp. 156
Maan Meyers: The Saga of the Dutchmanp. 169
Bruce Alexander: Sir Henry Fielding and Blind Justicep. 175
Keith Heller: A Genealogy of Detection in the Eighteenth Centuryp. 186
Margaret Lawrence: An Eighteenth-Century Midwifep. 202
Stephanie Barron: (Re)Inventing Jane Austen as Detectivep. 213
Kate Ross: Where Have All the Dandies Gone?p. 222
James Brewer: Sleuths and Carpetbaggers along the Mississippi Riverp. 230
Peter Heck: Mark Twain as Detectivep. 240
Caleb Carr: Running Away from the Darknessp. 251
Anne Perry: Victorian 'Istorian and Murdermongerp. 265
Peter Lovesey: No Cribbing on Historyp. 283
Elizabeth Peters: The Last Camel Died at Noon as Lost World Adventure Pastichep. 293
Contributorsp. 306