The Old Stone House and Other Stories

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In 'The Old Stone House and Other Stories', Anna Katharine Green offers readers an assemblage of narratives that capture the quintessence of early detective fiction with her characteristic literary prowess. Within these pages, Green weaves intricate plots that are bound to captivate, characterized by her astute attention to detail and a masterful use of suspense. Although standing in the shadows of the Victorian era's gothic conventions, Green's prose is tinged with modernity; she is applying analytical reasoning in a genre that she, herself, helped to sculpt. This collection is not only a reflection of the genre's infancy but also a testament to the literary undercurrents that preceded the Golden Age of detective fiction, bridging the gap between sensation novels and the methodical sleuthing of later detective stories.
Anna Katharine Green is often considered the mother of the detective novel, her pioneering work influencing giants such as Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. With a writing career that spanned over four decades, Green's novels often foregrounded female figures and were remarkable for their legal accuracy, something that stemmed from her own background and interests. Her personal fascination with law and justice is palpable in her stories, which rigorously engage with the social and moral issues of her time, suggesting a deep-seated commitment to unearthing the truth both on and off the page.
The Old Stone House and Other Stories' is an essential read for those with a penchant for detective literature or historical narratives. The collection is particularly commendable for Green's pioneering role in developing the detective genre and her exceptional narrative skill. It is a body of work that offers not just entertainment, but also a significant cultural and literary experience that enriches the reader's understanding of the evolution of the genre. Therefore, it comes highly recommended to both enthusiasts of Green's oeuvre and newcomers looking to explore the roots of detective fiction.


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Anna Katharine Green (1846-1935) was a pioneering figure in the American detective fiction genre, predating Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes by nearly a decade with her first novel, 'The Leavenworth Case' (1878). Acclaimed for her well-plotted, legally accurate stories, Green was sometimes referred to as 'the mother of the detective novel.' A native of Brooklyn, New York, Green was educated at Ripley Female College in Vermont. She initially aspired to be a poet, but soon turned her talents to mystery novels, where she found considerable success. Her works are known for their attention to detail and the depth of legal and police procedural accuracy, a rarity in fiction at the time, which she achieved through thorough research and an innate understanding of the human psyche. 'The Old Stone House and Other Stories' is another testament to Green's mastery of the genre, weaving complexity with compelling narratives. Her literary style often combined elements of Gothic romance with classic detective fiction, setting the standard for future mystery writers and solidifying her legacy as a significant figure in the genre. Green's contribution to the detective genre extends beyond her narratives; she created intelligent and independent woman characters, influencing the portrayal of women in literature. Her robust body of work, which spanned decades and includes titles such as 'A Strange Disappearance' (1880) and 'Hand and Ring' (1883), reflects the prolific nature of her writing and her standing as a cornerstone of literary crime fiction.

Produkt Details

Verlag: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Sprache: English

Umfang: 92 Seiten

Größe: 480,1 KB

ISBN: 8596547373698

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