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Atomic Renaissance: Women Mystery Writers of the 1940s and 1950s

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America in the 1950s was a place of Eisenhower, the Korean Conflict, McCarthy, and Sputnik. Women found themselves trapped into a mold of Donna Reed and June Cleaver, marginalized by the hyper-masculinity of the age. Mystery fiction had become a male bastion as well, promoting hardboiled private eye novels and spy fiction. It would be another three decades before groups to ...more
Hardcover, 170 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Delphi Books (first published 2003)
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Judy
Jeffrey Marks, an expert on the classic hard-boiled mystery novel, recounts the lives and works of seven female mystery writers. With the exception of Patricia Highsmith, I hadn't heard of any of them, let alone read their books. I enjoyed reading the stories of how these women managed to carve out a niche for themselves in a field so dominated by men.

I'm looking forward to reading the books these women wrote so long ago.
Thomas
If you like mysteries, consider this a guide book to ones written by women authors of the time period. There are clear and concise descriptions of styles as well as synopsis of several works by each author.

I read a wide variety of material, and this will help me decide which of the cited works would be of interest to me.

Thank you to Jeffrey Marks for such a clear work.
Victoria
I liked this interesting study of women mystery writers, who while we may not have heard of had a great impact on the mystery genre. As is mentioned a whole book could be written about any one of these writers. But he gives a good review of each of the writers, most of which I hadn't heard of. I can't wait to find some of these authors to read.

Lollyletsgo
Loved this! It was wonderful to get information on these women that - for some- so little is known. Bravo, Mr Marks, job well done!
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