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Accidental Sleuth

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

“Accidental sleuth” is a term applied to the protagonist who is not a detective by avocation or profession, either amateur, private, or official, but who nonetheless assumes the role of ...

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alcoholism

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n. the syndrome due to physical dependence on alcohol, such that sudden deprivation may cause withdrawal symptoms – tremor, anxiety, hallucinations, and delusions (see delirium...

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Allusion, Literary

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Quotations from and references to the works of authors famous in English literature have specific significance in three different aspects of detective fiction. The first is the use of a ...

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anti-hero

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A central character in a narrative or drama who lacks the admirable qualities of fortitude, courage, honesty, and decency that are usually possessed by traditional heroes. Examples include...

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Archetypal Characters

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“Archetype” has historically referred in common usage to an original pattern such as one used by an artisan as a model for reproduction. Adopted by the psychoanalyst Carl Jung as ...

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Arthur Upfield

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(1890–1964),

born Gosport, England, arrived in Australia in 1910, largely through the insistence of his draper parents, who were convinced that he had no intention of settling to...

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Black Mask

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American pulp magazine, specializing in hardboiled detective fiction. Originally founded (and later repudiated) by H. L. Mencken in 1920, Black Mask was at its peak under the editorship of...

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Charles Dickens

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(1812–70),

English novelist, whose first tour of the U.S. (Jan.–May 1842) is described in his American Notes for General Circulation (1842), and furnished the background for...

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child abuse

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The maltreatment of children. It may take the form of sexual abuse, when a child is involved in sexual activity by an adult; physical abuse, when physical injury is caused by cruelty or...

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Craft of Crime and Mystery Writing

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Most authors approach the task of writing a crime or mystery narrative after having read hundreds of prototypes within the genre. From consuming stories of detection and crime, aspiring...

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