The Cloak & Dagger Literary Society @ Sharon Public Library
December 2017: Resurrecting the Detective:
New Takes on Established Classics
"[A]s a body of critical work has begun to accumulate in this country, it becomes clear that the mystery in many ways represents a basic narrative model (it can be argued that such works as  Bleak House, Pere Goriot and Crime and Punishment are mysteries) and that writers of suspense stories and 'serious' fiction have actually carried on a dialogue for years. ... As [Umberto] Eco sees it, the impulse toward narrative abstraction reached a kind of dead end with the post-Modernists, and authors have begun now to appropriate old-fashioned storytelling techniques from the popular genres--though often, as he says, with 'non-innocent eyes.'"
--Michiko Kakutani,
   Mysteries Join the Mainstream

A list of films and television shows featuring adaptations and new takes on classic detectives begins on the right and continues at the bottom of the newsletter. Clicking on the author's name will bring to you to their biography, while clicking on the character or title underneath each name will bring you to a page about that body of works. Happy mystery reading!
Upcoming Newsletter Releases
JANUARY
Death Takes a Road Trip:
Asia and Australia

FEBRUARY
Of Kilts & Killing: Tartan Noir
Interesting Links
In 2017, Agatha Christie is Hotter Than Ever

Uneasy Alliance: Why Screen Adaptations are Usually the Bane of Authors

Why Do People Read Detective Stories?

Adapting the Classic
Selections


 
(Sherlock Holmes)

Extras!
It's certain that, while compiling my list,
I missed authors of note who fits this category.
Please email me if you see any glaring omissions
and I will add the author(s) in question,
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