April 1, 2018

"Where Do You Get Your Ideas?" @MphilPopLitTCD

A helpful page on exploring the possible influences on Victorian and Edwardian age crime and mystery writers in the UK using digital resources available through the New York Public Library. BTW, it's "Sir Arthur," not "Sir Doyle," as TCD MPhil Pop Lit @MphilPopLitTCD points out. Nevertheless, very interesting materials inviting readers to do their own investigations into the law and culture of policing and detecting in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

In addition to Doyle, other turn of the 20th century and Golden Age writers who used real crime to inspire their novels include Edgar Allan Poe,

Here's a very selected bibliography of secondary works that discuss the subject.

The Cambridge Companion To Crime Fiction (Martin Edwards, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2003).

Guillaume Foussard, The Emergence of French Crime Fiction During the Nineteenth Century.

Stephen Knight, The Mysteries of the Cities: Urban Crime Fiction in the Nineteenth Century (McFarland, 2011).

Stephen Knight, Towards Sherlock Holmes: A Thematic History of Crime Fiction in the 19th Century World (McFarland, 2016).

J. Kingston Pierce, Gaslight and Gunplay: Digging Up Crime Fiction's 1800s Roots.

Julian Symons, Bloody Murder: From the Detective Story to the Crime Novel: A History (2d ed.) (Penguin Books, 1986).

See also the Indiana University Libraries' excellent webpage on The First Hundred Years of Detective Fiction, 1841-1941 and the British Library's page on Crime and Crime Fiction.

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