Archives: The Dead Letter

The woman who wrote the first American crime (not detective) novel

May 23, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: fiction, journalism.

Metta Victoria Fuller Victor authored and published The Dead Letter in 1867. It is thought to be America’s first full crime novel. (Edgar Allan Poe’s stuff was short stories.) In its day, it was known as a sensation novel. But it’s not America’s first detective novel. The Dead Letter has a crime, of course. There • Read More »

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The man who wanted every book; the quintessential English detective; and the first American crime novel; and morenewsletter May 18, 2018

May 21, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: newsletter.

This newsletter was emailed to everyone on Jim’s email list (2,644) on May 18, 2018   A summer head cold attacked me this week, making life miserable for a few days, but I tried not to let it slow me down too much. The major woodworking project that I mentioned last week was completed and • Read More »

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