H.C. Bailey’s Reggie Fortune and the Golden Age of Detective Fiction

H.C. Bailey’s Reggie Fortune and the Golden Age of Detective Fiction

Author: Laird R. Blackwell

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476629582

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 188

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 H.C. Bailey’s detective Reggie Fortune was one of the most popular protagonists of the Golden Age of detective fiction. Fortune appeared in nine novels yet it was in a series of 84 short stories that were published from 1920 to 1940 where he truly shone, combining elements of several popular archetypes—the eccentric logician, the forensic investigator, the hard-boiled interrogator, the psychological profiler, the defender of justice. This critical study examines the Fortune stories in the context of other popular detective fiction of the era. Bailey’s classics are distinguished by well-clued puzzles, brilliant sleuthing, vivid description and social critique, with Fortune evoking images of Don Quixote and the Arthurian Knights in his pursuit of truth and justice in an uncaring world.
Jolly Good Detecting
Language: en
Pages: 324
Authors: Bruce Shaw
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-12-19 - Publisher: McFarland

This book is an appreciation of selected authors who make extensive use of humor in English detective/crime fiction. Works using humor as an amelioration of the serious have their heyday in the Golden Age of crime writing but they belong also to a long tradition. There is an identifiable lineage
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Language: en
Pages: 304
Authors: Paul Nelson, Kevin Avery
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-09-13 - Publisher: Fantagraphics Books

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P.D. James
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Laurel A. Young
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-05-31 - Publisher: McFarland

British National Health Service employee Phyllis Dorothy James White (1920-2014) reinvented herself at age 38 as P.D. James, crime novelist. She then became long known as England's "Queen of Crime." Sixteen of her 20 novels feature one or both of her series detectives, Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard and private
Tatort Germany
Language: en
Pages: 272
Authors: Lynn M. Kutch, Todd Herzog
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-11-01 - Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

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Language: en
Pages: 69
Authors: Linus Asong
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-04-24 - Publisher: African Books Collective

From its very inception, detective fiction has enjoyed a great popularity among the young and the old, the learned and the not so learned. By some unfortunate stroke of irony, its respect has not kept pace with its enormous popularity. For over half a century now, it has remained the