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The Gentle Art of Murder
The Detective Fiction of Agatha Christie
Earl F. Bargainnier

Popular Press

This study of the technique of Agatha Christie's detective fiction-sixty-seven novels and more than one hundred short stories—is the first extensive analysis of her accomplishments as a writer. Bargainnier demonstrates that Christie thoroughly understood the conventions of her genre and, with seemingly inexhaustible ingenuity, was able to develop for more than fifty years surprising variations within those conventions.

Earl F. Bargainnier is the Fuller E. Callaway Professor of English Language and Literature at Wesleyan College. A former president of the Popular Culture Association in the South and vice-president of the Popular Culture Association, he has been the editor of Studies in Popular Culture.

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Cover of the Christie book is simple - blue with the word murder in red.

June 2005

LC: 80-083187 PR
238 p
p.   6 x 9

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Paper $18.95 s
ISBN 978-0-87972-159-6
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