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May 12, 2014

Famous Authors of Detective Novels

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 2:22 am

1. Class #57 Group #4 김기량 전유정 안준혁 오준택
2. Glossary
detective : A person, especially a police officer, whose occupation is to investigate and solve crimes:
hard boiled : Denoting a tough, realistic style of detective fiction
the great war: refers to the World War 1, the first World War
a golden age: denotes a period of primordial peace, harmony, stability, and prosperity
detective
detective2
3. Text
Hello everyone. We are group #4. Today we are presenting about famous
authors of detective novels. Because there are a lot of detective novel authors, we
will organize them by their home countries.
First of all, some famous American authors we found are Carroll John Daly,
Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler. American detective novel was very popular in
the 1920s and the 1930s. A characteristic of American detective novels is that the
main characters are very hard boiled. The detectives in the stories are living the
street life and fighting against the harsh lives. These kinds of fictional detectives
are really different from typical type of detectives(2).
Secondly, famous English authors would be Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha
Christie. In Britain, from the 1920s to the 1930s would be the golden age of
detective novels. At this time, the great war was going on; therefore, a lot of
people were suffering from the brutality of the war. However, detective novels
entertained and gave hope to people in pain. The popularity of detective novels
came from people’s needs of escaping from the reality(1).
Even though detective novels talk about murders and other kinds of crimes,
it helps people feel the justice through the adventure of fictional detectives, maybe
that is the reason why detective novel authors are deeply loved by many people
for a long time.

4. Reference
1. http://www.twbooks.co.uk/authors/goldenage.html
2. http://www.vintagelibrary.com/pulpfiction/genres/hard-boiled-detective.php

5. Discussion Qustions
1. who is your favorite detective novel author?
2. who is your favorite fictional fetective?
3. what kinds of endings do you prefer in stories?

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