By Salem Press, Fiona Kelleghan, Roger Guenveur Smith
For the reason that Edgar Allan Poe invented the fashionable secret novel within the mid-19th century, the variety of authors writing during this box has progressively elevated besides a requirement for such literature. As a reaction to such development, this article positive aspects articles on a hundred of crucial writers of the style.
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When Ambler resumed writing novels after an eleven-year hiatus, the world had changed radically. In a sense, the world of the 1930’s, though confusing to Ambler’s protagonists, was morally simple: Fascism was an easily discerned enemy. By the early 1950’s, however, the atomic spies, the revelations of Igor Gouzenko, the Philby conspiracy, and the ambiguities and confusions of the Cold War made the espionage novel, in Ambler’s view, a much different phenomenon. For the most part, therefore, his later novels have nothing to do with the conflict between East and West and are usually set on the periphery of the Cold War—in the Balkans, the Middle East, the East Indies, Africa, or Central America.
Principal mystery and detective fiction novels: Les Chouans, 1829 (The Chouans 1890); Histoire des treize, 1833-1835 (The Thirteen, 1885-1886; also as The History of the Thirteen); Le Père Goriot, 1835 (Father Goriot, 1844; also as Daddy Goriot, Old Goriot, and Père Goriot); Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes, 1838-1847 (The Splendors and Miseries of Courtesans, 1895); Une Ténébreuse Affaire, 1841 (An Historical Mystery, 1891; also as The Gondreville Mystery). Other major works novels: L’Héritage de Birague, 1822 (with Le Poitevin de Saint-Alme and Ètienne Arago); Jean-Louis: Ou, La Fille trouvée, 1822 (with Le Poitevin de Saint-Alme); Clotilde de Lusignan: Ou, Le Beau Juif, 1822; Le Vicaire des Ardennes, 1822; Le Centenaire: Ou, Les Deux Béringheld, 1822 (also as Le Sorcier; The Centenarian: Or, The Two Beringhelds, 1976); La Dernière Fée: Ou, La Nouvelle Lampe merveilleuse, 1823; Annette et le criminel, 1824 (also as Argow le pirate); WannChlore, 1825 (also as Jane la pâle); La Comédie humaine, 1829-1848 (The Comedy of Human Life, 1885-1893, 1896; also as The Human Comedy), includes Physiologie du mariage (Physiology of Marriage), Un Èpisode sous la terreur (An Episode Under the Terror), El Verdugo (The Executioner), Ètude de femme (A Study of Woman), La Vendetta (The Vendetta), Gobseck (English translation), Le Bal de Sceaux (The Ball at Sceaux), La Maison du chat-qui-pelote (The House of the Cat and Racket), Une Double Famille (A Double Family), La Paix du ménage (The Peace of the Household), Adieu (English translation), L’Èlixir de longue vie (The Elixir of Long Life), Une Passion dans le désert (A Passion in the Desert), Sarrasine (English translation), Sur Catherine de Médicis (Catherine de Medici), La Peau de chagrin (The Wild Ass’s Skin; also as The Fatal Skin), L’Enfant maudit (The Cursed Child), Le Réquisitionnaire (The Conscript), Les Proscrits (The Exiles), L’Auberge rouge (The Red Inn), Le Chef-d’œuvre inconnu (The Hidden Masterpiece), Jésus-Christ en Flandre (A Miracle in Flanders), Maître Cornélius (Master Cornelius), Le Colonel Honoré de Balzac 21 Chabert (Colonel Chabert), Louis Lambert (English translation), Le Message (The Message), Madame Firmiani (English translation), La Grande Bretèche (The Grande Breteche), La Bourse (The Purse), Le Curé de Tours (The Curé de Tours), La Femme abandonnée (The Deserted Mistress), La Grenadière (English translation), La Femme de trente ans (A Woman of Thirty), Autre Ètude de femme (Another Study of Woman), Les Marana (Mother and Daughter), Le Médecin de campagne (The Country Doctor), Eugénie Grandet (Eugenia Grandet, also as Eugénie Grandet), Une Blonde (with Horace Raisson), L’Illustre Gaudissart (The Illustrious Gaudissart), La Recherche de l’absolu (The Philosopher’s Stone; also as The Quest for the Absolute and Balthazar: Or, Science and Love), Un Drame au bord de la mer (A Seashore Drama), Le Contrat de mariage (The Marriage Contract), Séraphita (Seraphita), Melmoth réconcilié (Melmoth Converted), L’Interdiction (The Commission in Lunacy), Le Lys dans la vallée (The Lily of the Valley), La Vieille Fille (The Old Maid), Le Cabinet des antiques (The Cabinet of Antiquities), La Messe de l’athée (The Atheist’s Mass), Facino Cane (Facino Cane), Les Employés (Bureaucracy), L’Excommuniée (with Ferdinand de Gramont), Histoire de la grandeur et de la décadence de César Birotteau (History of the Grandeur and Downfall of César Birotteau; also as The Rise and Fall of César Birotteau), Gambara (English translation), Illusions perdues (Lost Illusions), La Maison Nucingen (The House of Nucingen), Une Fille d’Ève (A Daughter of Eve), Béatrix (English translation), Le Curé de village (The Village Rector; also as The Country Parson), Massimilla Doni (English translation), Les Secrets de la princesse de Cadignan (The Secrets of la Princesse de Cadignan), Pierrette (English translation), Pierre Grassou (English translation), Z.
Bentley 25 until after he had retired from what he always regarded as his real work, newspaper journalism. A better background for an English detective-fiction writer than E. C. Bentley’s is difficult to imagine. His father was involved with crime and its punishment through his work as an official in the Lord Chancellor’s department; Bentley’s own classical education, followed by three years studying history at Oxford, insisted upon the importance of clear, grammatical speech and orderly ideas; in his period in chambers when qualifying as a barrister, he came into contact with the ponderous engines of judgment and witnessed the difficulties to be encountered encompassing the subtle complexities of truth; and finally, he had acquired the habit of summoning words to order in his capacity as a daily journalist.
100 Masters of Mystery and Detective Fiction by Salem Press, Fiona Kelleghan, Roger Guenveur Smith