The Circular Study

The Circular Study

by Anna Katherine Green

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Anna Katharine Green (November 11, 1846 - April 11, 1935) was an American poet and novelist. She was one of the first writers of detective fiction in America and distinguished herself by writing well plotted, legally accurate stories. Green has been called "the mother of the detective novel."
Green is credited with shaping detective fiction into its classic form, and developing the series detective. Her main character was detective Ebenezer Gryce of the New York Metropolitan Police Force, but in three novels he is assisted by the nosy society spinster Amelia Butterworth, the prototype for Miss Marple, Miss Silver and other creations. She also invented the 'girl detective': in the character of Violet Strange, a debutante with a secret life as a sleuth. Indeed, as journalist Kathy Hickman writes, Green "stamped the mystery genre with the distinctive features that would influence writers from Agatha Christie and Conan Doyle to contemporary authors of suspenseful "whodunits." In addition to creating elderly spinster and young female sleuths, Green's innovative plot devices included dead bodies in libraries, newspaper clippings as "clews," the coroner's inquest, and expert witnesses. Yale Law School once used her books to demonstrate how damaging it can be to rely on circumstantial evidence. Written in 1878, her first book, The Leavenworth Case: A Lawyer's Story, sparked a debate in the Pennsylvania Senate over whether the book could "really have been written by a woman."
Green was in some ways a progressive woman for her time-succeeding in a genre dominated by male writers-but she did not approve of many of her feminist contemporaries, and she was opposed to women's suffrage.

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ISBN-13: 9781517539498
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/27/2015
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

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The Circular Study 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
avidreaderNG More than 1 year ago
An interesting story published in 1900. Writing style very much of the period. Not for everyone but would be interesting for a book club to discuss in a historical perspective.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Way to many wated words. The story was good but you end up skimming through too much nonsense written.
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