A Common Spring: Crime Novel and Classic

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Popular Press, 1979 - 271 pages

Nadya Aisenberg discusses the potentialities of the crime novel, its implications, principles, and scope, and its analogy of myth and the fairy tale. She proposes that the detective story and the thriller have made an unacknowledged contribution to "serious" literature. Her discussion of Dickens, Conrad, and Green indicate that each borrowed many important ingredients from the formulaic novel.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
CHAPTER I
12
MYTH FAIRYTALE AND THE CRIME NOVEL
16
The eye like a strange balloon moves toward infinity
59
DICKENS AND THE CRIME NOVEL
68
JOSEPH CONRAD AND THE THRILLER
111
GRAHAM GREENE AND THE MODERN THRILLER
168
CONCLUSION
223
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
247
INDEX
256
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