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H. C. Bailey’s Reggie Fortune and the Golden Age of Detective Fiction (Paperback) (Laird R.
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The author examines detective story author H.C. Bailey’s character Reggie Fortune in the context of Golden Age detective fiction from the late 1910s and the middle of the 1940s. He looks at the qualities of the Reggie Fortune stories that make them memorable and once made them popular, and the possible factors that led to their obscurity, arguing that their downfall was undeserved and that they are on the same level as the best detective stories written. He discusses the most popular types of fictional detectives in the Golden Age, how they were portrayed, and how Fortune shows characteristics of almost all of the types; some of the best Fortune stories and their qualities in comparison with stories of other authors, particularly those whose popularity has lasted, showing how the Fortune stories have all the qualities that justify their renewed popularity; possible reasons for Fortune’s fall from popularity, most likely due to misunderstanding or misrepresentation by critics; and how the Fortune stories have timeless, archetypal qualities of all detective tales and fiction of all types. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 179
Genre: Literary Criticism
Publisher: McFarland Publishing
Author: Laird R. Blackwell
Street Date: June 26, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-45-2260
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