May 2, 2015

Novelist Ruth Rendell Dies

Crime novelist Ruth Rendell has died, her publisher Hutchinson has announced. Ms. Rendell suffered a stroke in January and was admitted to the hospital.

Her most popular literary character is Inspector Wexford, who made his debut in the 1964 novel From Doon With Death. Her Inspector Wexford novels came to the small screen as The Ruth Rendell Mysteries (ITV, 1987-2000). Many of her other novels have also been adapted for film and tv. She also wrote thrillers under the name Barbara Vine. She was created a life peer in 1997. As a peer, she was particularly concerned about the issue of female genital mutilation (FGM).

Here 's a selected bibliography centered on Rendell's works and law.

Mieke Ball, Legal Lust:  Literary Litigations, 15 Australian Feminist Law Journal 1 (2001).

Xaveria F. J. Bianto, The Polly's Actions and Reactions in Her Being Ill-Treated in Ruth Rendell The Thief (sic) (Thesis, 2013).

Lisa Kadonaga, Strange Countries and Secret Worlds in Ruth Rendell's Crime Novels,
88 Geographical Review 413 (July 1998).

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