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Isaac Asimov Presents The Best Crime Srories of the 19th Century
Edited by Isaac Asimov, Charles G. Waugh, and Martin H. Greenberg
Jaico Publishing | July 2005 | ISBN-10: 8179920372 | PDF | 326 pages | 9.87 mb
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The nineteenth century is considered by many the Golden Age of the modern detective story. From the birth of the genre through Edger Allen Poe's C. Auguste Dupin, to the most famous clue seeking sleuth of them all, Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, a variety of literary minds turned to crime writing.
Each story in this highly entertaining collection is significant for its contribution to the development of crime solving literature. There are ghastly crimes committed in the dark of night and master detectives at work to insure that justice is served. In a story by Thomas Hardy, we are introduced to a thief who outwits his hangman, and in an attack on civic self- righteousness, Mark Twain shows us a man who succeeds in stealing virtue from an entire town.
Other writers in this collection include the great American author Nathaniel Hawthorne, Wilkie Collins-often called " the father of the English detective story,"- and Grant Allen, best remembered for his humorous stories of Colonel Clay, the first heroic rogue character of short crime fiction.
In total, there are 15 stories of criminal mystery and detection included in ISAAC ASIMOV PRESENTS THE BEST CRIME STORIES OF THE 19TH CENTURY;enough clue seeking and cleverness in the pursuit of justice to please the most avid devotee to the genre.
About the Authors
Internationally acclaimed and known for his science-fiction work, ISAAC ASI MOV also edited numerous science-fiction and non -fiction anthologies.
MARTIN H. GREENBERG and CHARLES G.WAUGH are established science-fiction writers who, as part of the Asimov editorial team, have distinguished themselves also as experts in the field of short stories about crime, mystery and detection.
Mr. Higginbotham's Catastrophe, Nathaniel Hawthorne 1
The Purloined Letter, Edgar Allan Poe 14
A Terribly Strange Bed, Wilkie Collins 34
Murder Under the Microscope, William Russell 51
The Three Strangers, Thomas Hardy 72
Gallegher, Richard Harding Davis 96
The Red-Headed League, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 126
Cheating the Gallows, Israel Zangwill 151
The Chemistry of Anarchy, Robert Barr 165
The Sheriff of Gullmore, Melville Davisson Post 177
The Episode of the Mexican Seer, Grant Allen 202
The Affair of the "Avalanche Bicycle and
Tyre Co., Ltd.," Arthur Morrison 217
The Nameless Man, Rodriguez Ottolengui 241
His Defense, Harry Stillwell Edwards 253
The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg, Mark Twain 266
About the Authors 316
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