⑄ Chapter ᢬ Talking About Detective Fiction for early readers ⑪ PDF by P D James ┎ ⑄ Chapter ᢬ Talking About Detective Fiction for early readers ⑪ PDF by P D James ┎ A QA with P.D James Question What made you decide to write a book about detective fiction P.D James I wrote my book, Talking About Detective Fiction, because the Bodleian Library, one of the great libraries of the world, asked me to write about detective fiction in aid of the Library I said I would do so when I had finished writing The Private Patient Detective fiction has fascinated me both as a reader and a novelist for over 50 years, and I enjoyed revisiting the books of the Golden Age which have given me such pleasure, and describing how I myself set out on the task of writing a detective story which can be both an exciting mystery and a good novel. Question How do you explain our seemingly unending appetite for mysteries What is it about the mystery that so engages our minds and imagination P.D James The human race has had an appetite for mysteries from the earliest writings and no doubt tales of mystery and murder were recounted by our remote ancestors round the camp fires by the tribal storyteller Murder is the unique crime, the only one for which we can make no reparation, and has always been greeted with a mixture of repugnance, horror, fear, and fascination We are particularly intrigued by the motives which cause a man or woman to step across the invisible line which separates a murderer from the rest of humanity Human beings also love a puzzle and a strong story, and mysteries have both. Question Do you think there is or was a Golden Age of detective fiction P.D James The years between the two world wars are generally regarded as the Golden Age of detective fiction and certainly, in England in particular, there was a surge of excellent writing The detective story became immensely popular and a number of very talented writers were engaged in the craft I feel that there are so many good novelists writing mysteries today that we may well be entering a second Golden Age Question Do you feel that your own Adam Dalgliesh owes anything to any particular literary detectives who came before him P.D James I don t feel that Adam Dalgliesh owes anything to a particular literary detective as the heroes of the mystery novels which I particularly enjoyed in the Golden Age were usually amateurs, and I was anxious to create a professional detective. Question If you were to recommend 3 or 4 books that represent the best of detective fiction in all its forms, which books would they be P.D James It is difficult to know what books to recommend as personal taste plays such a large part and modern readers may feel out of touch with the Golden Age mysteries which I so much enjoyed Among them are The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, Tiger in the Smoke by Margery Allingham, Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L Sayers, and Tragedy at Law by Cyril Hare It would take a much longer list to represent the mystery in all its forms, and it would certainly include the American hard boiled school. Photo Ulla Montan One of the most widely read and respected writers of detective fiction, James The Private Patient explores the genre s origins focusing primarily on Britain and its lasting appeal James cites Wilkie Collins s The Moonstone, published in 1868, as the first detective novel and its hero, Sergeant Cuff, as one of the first literary examples of the professional detective modeled after a real life Scotland Yard inspector As for Conan Doyle s Sherlock Holmes stories, James argues that their staying power has as much to do with the gloomy London atmosphere, the enveloping miasma of mystery and terror, as with the iconic sleuth Devoting much of her time to writers in the Golden Age of British detective fiction essentially between the two world wars , James dissects the work of four heavyweights Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers, Margery Allingham and Ngaio Marsh Though she s appreciative of Marsh and Allingham declaring them novelists, not merely fabricators of ingenious puzzles , James acknowledges not only the undeniable boost these women gave to the genre but their continuing appeal For crime fiction fans, this master class from one of the leading practitioners of the art will be a real treat 9 illus Dec Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc All rights reserved. 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