Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Armchair Detective

Popular Success Baroness Orczy is given credit for creating the first armchair detective in The Scarlet Pimpernel, published in The Royal Magazine. Just as Sherlock Holmes established the detective as a popular figure in fiction, Baroness Orczy created a taste … Continue reading

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What do you do about Biography fiction?

Intention and all forms of individual writing are an illusion of the writer — in any personal structures about their lives, their friends and family, animals they raised, language they used, the psychological, historical, social, cultural, economic, genetic, and divine forces that animated their lives … Continue reading

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Raymond Chandler

If the coffee is lousy, don’t say so, just throw it on the floor. In case of a quarrel, remember it is always your fault. Keep away from antique shops. Never praise your friends too much. Above all, never forget that a … Continue reading

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The Turn of a Card

In 1881, when he was twenty, Dey wrote a story (“Captain Ironnerve, the Counterfeiter Chief; or, The Tipsy Queen’s Legacy”) under the pseudonym Marmaduke Dey for Beadle & Adams; it appeared in their Dime Library series. Dey left the practice of law in … Continue reading

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White Papers

Pale teacup juggling cups and saucers — Once taught Othello to our class, And a spindly scholar writes — Winter is in the brilliant grass. A young girl climbs trees — Among magnolia blossoms, Is set to clipping dandelions. Winter is … Continue reading

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The Train Window

Later, staring out a train window, she braves the long ride to Gopher Prairie. The grime and weariness of her fellow passengers, the bleakness of the towns they pass, and her response to her observations play on each other, during … Continue reading

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Main Street

Slang Phrases and Flares of Poetry Three voices dominate the narrative of Main Street: that of the protagonist, Carol; that of her husband, Will Kennicott; and that of the narra- tor. Other characters come but always go, and although readers … Continue reading

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