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A catalogue of crime /
Jacques Barzun and Wendell Hertig Taylor.
edition
Rev. and enl. ed. --
imprint
New York : Harper & Row, c1989.
description
xxxvi, 952 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0060157968
format(s)
Book
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imprint
New York : Harper & Row, c1989.
isbn
0060157968
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
2163744
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1990-07:
The endpaper schematic, "the detective (mystery) story," remains the same as do the strong opinions shaping the 5,044 splendid book notes--45 more than in the 1971 edition--divided among 5 of the 6 original sections: novels, collections, studies, true crime, Sherlock Holmes. Section 6, on ghost and other supernatural tales, was dropped in deference to E.F. Bleiler's Guide to Supernatural Fiction (CH, Dec'83). The wholly new introduction takes account of (and often deplores) recent developments ("Accuracy to the point of pedantry. . . .Unfortunately this meticulous care stops short at the use of language"); categorization of the genre as popular culture ("It is a highbrow enterprise, inescapably"); and its new academic study ("a solemn absurdity"). Not everyone agrees with Barzun--Julian Symons (Bloody Murder, rev. ed., 1985) says, "Obviously, my point of view is so opposed to his. . .that we have no common ground on which to argue." This reviewer salutes Barzun's yes to newcomer Sarah Caudwell, no to Martha Grimes, nice discriminations among the outputs of P.D. James, Robert Barnard, Symons, etc., etc. Exemplary revisions, as well as additions, include the occasional reassessment (e.g., Patricia Wentworth); rephrased notes; added author detail (e.g., Eilis Dillon); yet a general dropping of author biography because of new tools like J.M. Reilly's Twentieth Century Crime and Mystery Writers (2nd ed., 1985). One index typo spotted. All libraries.-V. Clark, Choice
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Reference & Research Book News, April 1990
Choice, July 1990
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