Saturday, January 15, 2011

Murder Most Fair

Michael Cohen, Murder Most Fair: The Appeal of Mystery Fiction (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press/Associated University Presses, 2000).

“Murder Most Fair is a valuable addition to critical debates on mystery fiction and on literary history itself…an informed, intellectually astute contribution to an exciting area of literary studies.” --Susan Rowland, The Modern Language Review 97:4 (2002), 928-9

“At a time when the trend of much academic criticism (of mystery fiction as well as all other literature) has been to de-center the text and to call into question the nature (or even the existence) of aesthetic value, Cohen’s work is likely to prompt lively discussion and disagreement. But it is, I believe, the freshest examination of mystery fiction to appear in some time, and it should be regarded as a major addition to the body of work in the field.” --John Teel, South Atlantic Review 66:2 (2001), 202-204.

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