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The Golden Age of Mystery

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ClassGraphic In the years between the First and Second World Wars, something mysterious happened. A golden age of detective fiction dawned, and people around the world are still reading its books. But the popularity of these books has tended to obscure the fascinating stories behind the plots. In this study group, we will read and discuss works of the Queens of Crime: Agatha Christie’s The Mysterious Affair at Styles (featuring Hercule Poirot) and The Murder at the Vicarage (featuring Miss Marple); Dorothy Sayer’s Strong Poison (with Lord Peter Wimsey); Margery Allingham’s Mystery Mile (with Albert Campion); and Ngaio Marsh’s Artists in Crime (featuring Roderick Alleyn). In parallel, we will listen to and discuss episodes of Shedunnit, a podcast that looks at the literary, social, and political context in which these writers worked. Any edition of these books can be used and all are available from the library and online; the Shedunnit podcasts are free online and feature written transcripts. Join us as we discover how this golden age came about and how these writers became its royalty.

Class Details

14 Session(s)
Weekly - Wed

500 Davis Center

MultipleInstructor :
1.Bev Snell2.Roberta Rakove 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/6/2024 - 6/5/2024 Weekly - Wed 01:15 PM - 03:15 PM Evanston, 500 Davis Center  Map Roberta Rakove  ; Bev Snell 
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