The Detective as Historian: History and Art in Historical Crime Fiction, Volume 1

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Ray B. Browne, Lawrence A. Kreiser, Jr
Popular Press, Jun 15, 2000 - Fiction - 310 pages
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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.

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I found this a very enjoyable book, and sometimes gripping book. It was even interesting to read about series that I don't read or don't like, just to read the author's take on the series and the time ... Read full review


Detecting in the Final
Sister Fidelma and the Triumph of Truth
Brother Cadfael
Hugh Corbett SecretAgent and ProblemSolver
The Name of the Rose
Detection in the Italian Renaissance
The Case of Richard III
and Sleuth
A Genealogy of Detection in the Eighteenth Century
An EighteenthCentury Midwife
Where Have All the Dandies Gone?
Mark Twain as Detective
Victorian Tstorian and Murdermonger
No Cribbing on History

The Saga of the Dutchman

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About the author (2000)

Ray Browne was born in Millport, Alabama, in 1922, and was educated at the University of Alabama, Columbia University, and the University of California at Los Angeles. As founder of the Popular Culture Association (1970) and of the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green University. Browne was an early advocate of applying serious study to popular culture. Roy B. Browne died on October 22, 2009.

LAWRENCE A. KREISER JR. is an independent scholar.

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