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The Selected Letters of Charles Dickens Edited by Jenny Hartley Oxford University Press: 458 pp., $34.95 This is the bicentennial year of Charles Dickens' birth. We need no reminder of his eminence as novelist, but there are celebrations of his other...
Culture MonsterCharles Dickens: Tuesday marks the bicentennial of Charles Dickens' birth. Britain's National Film Theatre is holding a retrospective, and a ceremony will be held at London's Westminster Abbey starring actor-director Ralph Fiennes, who, along with...
Show TrackerA few weeks back I wrote about "Poldark," a BBC series from the mid-1970s that had recently been released in a complete-set package on DVD (by Acorn Media), as a cure for "Downton Abbey" withdrawal. A tale of romance and class war, of tradition and...
The Daily Mirrorhis is Elizabeth C. Franklin or Miss Franklin to those of us who worked for her. It wasn't until she loaned me her precious Film Index of 1941 with her name written inside that I learned she had once been......
Actor and political activist Corin Redgrave, a member of the legendary British family of performers that includes his sisters Vanessa and Lynn, has died. He was 70. Redgrave, who became ill early Sunday, died Tuesday at St. George's Hospital in London,...
Note: This is the second of a two-part column on the current state of contemporary detective fiction. This month: One of the masters of the form talks about the detective story. In order to understand and properly appreciate contemporary detective...
The Daily MirrorWe have commenter Fibber McGee to thank for this week's movie. Also, I have a new boyfriend, and his name is Tod Slaughter! (Both of those are real names! Oh, OK... Tod's real first name was Norman...) I read Wilkie Collins' "The Woman in White" many...
Semi-spoiler alert: Some of Kate Summerscale's conclusions in "The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher" are presented but not all. Modern detectives trace their lineage in world literature to Oedipus, whose search for his true identity has made him, to some...
Myth is an extremely rich vein that writers have always mined. This year was no exception, as demonstrated by Kate Summerscale's splendid nonfiction study of a 19th century murder, "The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher" (Walker: 380 pp., $24.95). In 1860, the...
Tags: Entertainment, Folklore and Mythology, Murder, Criminals, Family
So, Charles Dickens' great fragment, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," has been finished by a contemporary writer? That's what I thought, eyeing the titles of Dan Simmons' and Matthew Pearl's new novels. At last. The story of Dickens' final book is...
It is a truth universally acknowledged that after Edgar Allan Poe's mysterious death in 1849, detective fiction did not make another splash on these shores until a pipe-smoking Englishman with remarkable powers of deduction became a transatlantic...
Tags: Murder, Herman Melville, Book, Death, Mystery (genre)
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