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  • History

    The Complete History of the Mystery R. Cook

    From the earliest versions of the mystery story through the modern age, the mystery story has evolved from ... Read More ››

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    The Eternal Curious & the Literature of the Mystery Carolyn Wells

    Why is the detective story? To entertain, to interest, to amuse. It has no deeper intent, no more subtle ra... Read More ››

    5135 words | 25 min

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    Ghost Stories Carolyn Wells

    The fascination of this realm of experience, which is traditional from age to age, yet always elusive, is u... Read More ››

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    History of the Mystery & Riddle Stories Carolyn Wells

    To trace the origin and history of the mystery story is simply to trace the origin and history of man's... Read More ››

    3118 words | 15 min

  • Taxonomy

    Taxonomy of the Mystery R. Cook

    Amateur or professional sleuth, cozy, Golden Age, noir, hardboiled ... these are more than just terms books... Read More ››

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    The Detective Carolyn Wells

    The all-important character of the Detective Story is, of course, the Detective. He is not only the Star Pe... Read More ››

    6699 words | 33 min

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    What is a Detective Story? Carolyn Wells

    The Detective Story as we know it was first written by Poe, yet he never used the descriptive word, nor was... Read More ››

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    Applied Principles Carolyn Wells

    The fictional detectives of Edgar Allen Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Émile Gaboriau, were both imitation... Read More ››

    4417 words | 22 min

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    Deduction Carolyn Wells

    Deduction, in a definite and restricted sense, is the motif of most of the detective stories of today. It i... Read More ››

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    The Rational of Ratiocination Carolyn Wells

    "Like all Holmes' reasoning the thing seemed simplicity itself when it was once explained. He read the thou... Read More ››

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    Close Observation Carolyn Wells

    There is a fascination about the solving of a big murder mystery by a bit of a broken cuff-link; or the tra... Read More ››

    3826 words | 19 min

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    Devious Devices Carolyn Wells

    Of the many devices introduced by detective writers to arrest and hold the readers' attention, some are... Read More ››

    2443 words | 12 min

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    Evidence Carolyn Wells

    Nobody wants to read of a dead leaf fallen from a tree, merely to prove that it is autumn. And so it is the... Read More ››

    6587 words | 32 min

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    False Devices Carolyn Wells

    Aside from these false and erroneous notions which are common, let the writer of detective fiction be caref... Read More ››

    3005 words | 15 min

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    Final Advices Carolyn Wells

    "It is certain that no transports of literary creation will pay the coal bill or settle an account at the g... Read More ››

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    Footprints and Fingerprints Carolyn Wells

    Without a doubt the most woefully overdone and mix-done evidence is that of footprints. The trouble began w... Read More ››

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    Further Advices Carolyn Wells

    "The mystery-story is just the one species of story that can not be told impromptu or altered at the last m... Read More ››

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    More Devices Carolyn Wells

    A Detective Story Writer uses many devices to lead the detective and the reader down many paths, some of wh... Read More ››

    4730 words | 23 min

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    Murder in General Carolyn Wells

    If the reader is thrilled, it is through the intellect, not through the emotions. Sympathy is not called fo... Read More ››

    3901 words | 19 min

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    Other Detectives of Fiction Carolyn Wells

    Some authors try to give their detectives prominence by using methods exactly opposite to those of Sherlock... Read More ››

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    Persons in the Story Carolyn Wells

    Each of these characters must have a positive and definite reason for being, and, if at all prominent, must... Read More ››

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    Plots Carolyn Wells

    The reader who is unversed in the arts and crafts of detective fiction cannot be expected to value the skil... Read More ››

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    Portraits Carolyn Wells

    Eccentricities or freakish habits on the part of his detective are permissible if not harped upon too conti... Read More ››

    5882 words | 29 min

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    Structure Carolyn Wells

    A Detective Story depends so much on the logic and plausibility of its conditions, that a vague or uncertai... Read More ››

    3421 words | 17 min

  • The Detective Story M. Thornton Armstrong

    There are a few requisites of a good detective story which the seasoned reader of that class of fiction dem... Read More ››

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    The Handling of the Crime Carolyn Wells

    A weapon picked up on the spot has the advantage of not necessitating its concealment after use, for it inc... Read More ››

    1480 words | 7 min

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    The Motive Carolyn Wells

    Only a small percentage, however, of recorded murders are adaptable to fiction plots. A study of the causes... Read More ››

    556 words | 2 min

  • Literature

    Supreme Moments in Detective Fiction Burton Egbert Stevenson

    Among all the detectives, amateur and professional, who have appeared before the public and performed their... Read More ››

    3729 words | 18 min

  • Detective Stories

    A Defence of Detective Stories G. K. Chesterton

    G. K. Chesterton, noted English Journalist, critic, and master of the detective story, defends the popular ... Read More ››

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  • Art of Fiction

    Art of Mystery in Fiction George Manville Fenn

    This art of mystery in fiction, partaking as it does of the nature of a puzzle or conundrum; still it is in... Read More ››

    2963 words | 14 min

  • Detective Stories

    Errors About Detective Stories G. K. Chesterton

    G. K. Chesterton, noted English Journalist, critic, and master of the detective story, discusses the princi... Read More ››

    1432 words | 7 min

  • Detective Stories

    The Art of Fiction Sir Walter Besant

    Sir Walter Besant (14 August 1836 - 9 June 1901, novelist and historian, delivers a forceful talk on the ar... Read More ››

    11965 words | 59 min

  • Composition of Fiction

    The Philosophy of Composition Edgar Allen Poe

    There is a radical error, I think, in the usual mode of constructing a story. Either history affords a thes... Read More ››

    4680 words | 23 min

  • Art and the Detective Cecil Chesterton

    The old proverb that truth is stranger than fiction may be put more soundly in the form that fiction must n... Read More ››

    3200 words | 16 min

  • The Creative Mystery Wilfred L. Randel

    The teller of stories began to perceive — very slowly, indeed, that within his own limited being lay a stra... Read More ››

    2717 words | 13 min

  • The Flood of Fiction unknown author

    And the great bulk of this enormous output is fiction — sad tales, merry tales, tales with a moral, tales w... Read More ››

    3770 words | 18 min

  • Fingerprints as Detectives

    The shapes of these tiny ridges and furrows are the best of all data by which a man or woman can be identif... Read More ››

    1589 words | 7 min

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne Henry Seidel Canby, Ph.D.

    Hawthorne, in his search for wisdom’s pearl by means of fancy, resembles this contemporary Englishman. He i... Read More ››

    5198 words | 25 min

  • Robert Louis Stevenson Henry Seidel Canby, Ph.D.

    Regarded as an artist in narrative, [Stevenson] is probably indebted to France, and his admirations there, ... Read More ››

    1875 words | 9 min

  • Rudyard Kipling and the Contemporary Short Story Henry Seidel Canby, Ph.D.

    Kipling is, on the whole, the most vigorous, versatile, and highly endowed among contemporary writers of fi... Read More ››

    5259 words | 26 min

  • Some Anomolies of the Short Story W. D. Howells

    One of the most amusing questions concerning the short story is why a form which is singly so attractive th... Read More ››

    4517 words | 22 min

  • The Americans from Bret Harte to the Nineties Henry Seidel Canby, Ph.D.

    The use of Bret Harte to separate two literary periods is more convenient than inevitable. Harte was the gr... Read More ››

    4548 words | 22 min

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    The Art of Fiction Henry James

    Mr. Besant, in his lecture at the Royal Institution on April 25, 1884 entitled “The Art of Fiction: A... Read More ››

    9425 words | 47 min

  • The Philosophy of the Short Story Brander Matthews, D. C. L.

    In the final ten years of the nineteenth century an increasing attention has been paid to the history of fi... Read More ››

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  • The Short Story Henry Seidel Canby

    To tell a tale well requires careful arrangement of events, a careful proportioning, careful adjustment of ... Read More ››

    8721 words | 43 min

  • The Technique of the Short Story Henry Seidel Canby, Ph.D.

    Critical subtlety has so far been chiefly busied with the difference between short story and merely short s... Read More ››

    1957 words | 9 min

  • A Theory of the Short Story James Cooper Lawrence

    In this statement Poe has given us the two distinguishing characteristics of all true short stories which s... Read More ››

    5141 words | 25 min

  • Edgar Allen Poe Henry Seidel Canby, Ph.D.

    With all Poe’s tremendous versatility, his obscure phases of a complex genius, and his manifold debts to un... Read More ››

    5559 words | 27 min

  • The Early Nineteenth Centure Henry Seidel Canby, Ph.D.

    In the last decades of the eighteenth century, England had been purged, mentally and socially, by strong dr... Read More ››

    4901 words | 24 min

  • The Modern Short Story W. J. Dawson

    The point at which any true appreciation of the short story begins is the clear perception that it is a dis... Read More ››

    5143 words | 25 min