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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, 172 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Delphi Books (first published 2003)
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Carla Remy
Jul 21, 2015 Carla Remy rated it liked it
The beginning was so cool. I love the idea of focussing on female mystery writers of post WWII America, writers who affected the genre as we know it and are mostly out of print. But then the book becomes biographical stuff and a LOT of synopses. And I do not enjoy reading About books. Even the chapter on Highsmith, by far the only one of the writers where I'd read much or most of her work, I was bored, I mean bored to read synopses of things I'd read before.
However, this is definitely a neat bo
Apr 13, 2016 Portia rated it liked it
i am a nerd. i know. i didn't read every word, but i would have. SUPER movie suggestions and further reading, of course! i know these will be hard to find...
May 03, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 08, 2013 Thomas rated it liked it
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.
May 04, 2013 Victoria rated it it was amazing
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.

Feb 08, 2013 Lollyletsgo rated it it was amazing
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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