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The Oxford History of the Novel in EnglishVolume 6: The American Novel 1879-1940$
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Priscilla Wald and Michael A. Elliott

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385342

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195385342.001.0001

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Crime and Detective Fiction after the Great War

Crime and Detective Fiction after the Great War

(p.336) 21 Crime and Detective Fiction after the Great War
The Oxford History of the Novel in English

Lee Horsley

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on American crime and detective fiction published after World War I. It first discusses pulp publishing and its role in the transformation of American crime writing, with particular reference to the Black Mask magazine and its early years. It then cites the works of writers such as Carroll John Daly as well as Dashiell Hammett's contribution to the creation of a distinctively American form of crime fiction. It also examines the protagonists featured in crime and detective fiction during the Depression era, along with the novels of Horace McCoy and James M. Cain. Finally, it analyzes Raymond Chandler's notion of “quality of redemption”.

Keywords:   crime fiction, detective fiction, novels, pulp publishing, Black Mask, Carroll John Daly, Dashiell Hammett, Horace McCoy, James M. Cain, Raymond Chandler

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