Classic Crime Fiction by Forgotten Female Writers: 1850-1917
On Sale: February 12, 2019
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Before Agatha Christie became the world’s Queen of
Crime, she stood on the talented shoulders of the female
crime authors who came before her. This splendid new
anthology by Leslie S. Klinger brings these exceptional
writers out of Christie’s shadow and back into the spotlight
Agatha Christie is undoubtedly the world’s best-selling
mystery author, hailed as the “Queen of Crime,” with
worldwide sales in the billions. Christie burst onto the
literary scene in 1920, with The Mysterious Affair at
Styles; her last novel was published in 1976, a career
longer than even Conan Doyle’s forty-year span.
The truth is that it was due to the success of writers like
Anna Katherine Green in America; L. T. Meade, C. L. Pirkis,
the Baroness Orczy, and Elizabeth Corbett in England; and
Mary Fortune in Australia that the doors were finally opened
for women crime-writers. Authors who followed them, such as
Patricia Wentworth, Dorothy Sayers, and, of course, Agatha
Christie would not have thrived without the bold, fearless
work of their predecessors—and the genre would be much
poorer for their absence. So while Agatha Christie may still
reign supreme, it is important to remember that she did not
ascend that throne except on the shoulders of the women who
came before her—and inspired her—and who are now removed
from her shadow once and for all by this superb new
anthology by Leslie S. Klinger.
Featuring: Mary Fortune, Harriet Prescott
Spofford, Ellen Wood, Elizabeth Corbett, C. L. Pirkis,
Geraldine Bonner, Ellen Glasgow, L. T. Meade, Baroness
Orczy, Augusta Großer, M. E. Graddon, Anna Katherine Green,
Carolyn Wells, Susan Glashell
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