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Crime fiction bibliographies

A Catalogue Of Crime: Being A Reader's Guide To The Literature Of Mystery, Detection And Related Genres

Jacques Barzun & Wendell Hertig Taylor

Harper & Row

1971

An annotated list of more than five thousand books, including novels, short story collections, histories of the genre, true crime tales, and Sherlock Holmes studies.

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The World Bibliography of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson

Ronald Burt De Waal

Bramhall House

1974

A limited edition presented in a slipcase was published in 1974 by the New York Graphic Society.

"This bibliography is a comprehensive record of the various appearances in periodicals, newspapers, and books of the Canonical tales (fifty-six short stories and four novels) and Apocrypha wrtten by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle between 1887 and 1927, together with the translations of these tales into fifty languages, the higher crýtýcism, or writings about the Writings, the films, musicate, plays, radio and television programs, phonograph records, parodies and pastiches, and a multitude of other items (from figurines to Christmas cards) that nave accumulated throughout the world on the two most famous fictional characters of all time."

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The Detective Short Story: A Bibliography And Index

E.H. Mundell & G. Jay Rausch

Kansas State University

1974

A 490 page bibliography.

"A bibliography of detective short stories with first appearances of each story in book form."
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Conan Doyle Bibliography: A Bibliographical of the Works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, M.D., LL.D. (1859 - 1930)

Gaby Goldscheider

Furman University

1975

Reprinted with minor corrections in 1979.

A 40 page bibliography. Chapter titles are: The Works Of The Master; Contributions; The Collected Works; Biographies And Critical Writings; Holmesiana; What The Press Said; and Acknowledgements

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Cloak & Dagger Bibliography: An Annotated Guide to Spy Thrillers 1937-1975

Myron J. Smith

Scarecrow Press

1976?

Third edition, Cloak & Dagger Fiction: An Annotated Guide to Spy Thrillers, by Myron J. Smith and Terry White, published by Greenwood Press in 1995.

"A new edition of the definitive bibliography of the modern spy-adventure-intrigue novel. First published in 1976, this edition has been thoroughly revised and updated. After a discussion of early spy fiction, Smith and White provide a detailed listing of novels from 1940 onward. The bibliography is organized alphabetically, with entries providing brief content annotations. Access is enhanced by cross references as well as appendixes and author and title indexes. Among the new features provided with this edition are a bibliography of articles and books which reflect recent popular scholarship; an appendix, Craft Notes, in which writers themselves speak to concerns of their own choosing; and a glossary of terms on the fascinating and sometimes semantically bizarre language of espionage and spies. As Julian Rathbone writes in his foreword, 'I am delighted that the Editors have given me this opportunity to recommend this new edition of Cloak and Dagger to all aficionados of that branch of fiction which has more to say about the way we live now than any other.' An important reference tool for public and research libraries and their patrons interested in modern fiction and the spy novel."
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Locked Room Murders and Other Impossible Crimes

Robert ADey

Ferret Fantasy

1979

An expanded second edition was published by Crossover Press in 1991.

A bibliography of "locked room" short stories and novels.

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Crime, Detective, Espionage, Mystery, and Thriller Fiction and Film: A Comprehensive Bibliography of Critical Writing Through 1979

Martin Skene Melvin and Ann Skene Melvin

Greenwood Press

1980

"A comprehensive listing of writings about crime literature including biographies of writers....There are both title and subject indexes; the latter will be the book's most valuable feature for researchers. An appendix covers materials in foreign languages."
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Rex Stout An Annotated Primary and Secondary Bibliography

Editor: Guy M. Townsend

Garland Publishing

1980

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The International Sherlock Holmes

Ronald Burt De Waal

Mansell / Archon

1980

"A companion volume to The world bibliography of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson."
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Crime Fiction Criticism: An Annotated Bibliography

Editors: Timothy W. Johnson and Julia Johnson

Garland

1981

A bibliography that covers over 1800 titles.

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Ross Macdonald/Kenneth Millar: A Descriptive Bibliography

Matthew J. Bruccoli

Pittsburgh Series in Bibliography

University of Pittsburgh Press

1983

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A Bibliography of A. Conan Doyle

Richard Lancelyn Green and John Michael Gibson

Foreword: Graham Greene

The Soho Bibliographies

Oxford Clarendon Press

1983

A 712 page bibliography. Chapter titles are: The Works Of The Master; Contributions; The Collected Works; Biographies And Critical Writings; Holmesiana; What The Press Said; and Acknowledgements

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Crime Fiction 1749-1980: A Comprehensive Bibliography

Allen J. Hubin

Garland

1984

A second edition was published in 1994 as Crime Fiction II.

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Detective and Mystery Fiction: An International Bibliography of Secondary Sources

Walter Albert

Brownstone Books

1985

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Masters Of Mystery And Detective Fiction: An Annotated Bibliography

J. Randolph Cox

Salem Press

1989

"For more than a century, the mystery and detective story has been among the most popular forms of fiction in bookstores and libraries. Some writers (Edgar Allan Poe or Dashiell Hammett, for example) have attracted a considerable body of critical response; others have been the focus of less scrutiny. This bibliography is intended for the student, general reader, or mystery buff who needs some basic information about the mystery genre and its representative authors. Selective, rather than exhaustive, it serves as an introduction. Entries on the life and work of seventy-five writers from Margery Allingham, Raymond Chandler, and Amanda Cross to P.D. James, John D. MacDonald, Edgar Allan Poe, Ellery Queen, and Georges Simenon appear."
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Chester Himes: An Annotated Primary and Secondary Bibliography

Compiled by: Michel Fabre, Robert E Skinner and Lester Sullivan

Greenwood Press

1992

"A contemporary of Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and Ralph Ellison, Chester Himes wrote with perhaps more angry fire than his celebrated colleagues about black protagonists doomed by white racisim and self-hate. Among his writings is a series of hard-boiled detective novels featuring black detectives and a host of Harlem hustlers. The acclaimed Harlem series and much of his later work were written in France where Himes lived as an American expatriate from 1953 until his death in 1984. Exhaustively researched and well constructed, this comprehensive bibliography clears up mysteries and dispels misconceptions about the extent of Himes's work and its critical reception."
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Crime Fiction II: A Comprehensive Bibliography, 1749-1990 (2 Vols)

Allen J. Hubin

Garland / Routledge

1994

"The only comprehensive work in the field, this volume covers books published in English the world over from Australia to Singapore to Canada. It provides the author, title, U.S., and British publisher and date, for all volumes (except anthologies) intended for adults or featuring an adult protagonist, organized alphabetically by author. A special section features 4,500 series characters and the stories in which they appear; another identifies more than 340 settings and offers extensive lists of books featuring those settings. Indexes are provided to titles, settings, series characters, movies, movie directors, and screenwriters."
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Australian Crime Fiction: A Bibliography, 1857-1993

John Loder

Thorpe in association with the National Centre for Australian Studies

1994

"This bibliography lists more than 2000 titles by some 500 Australian authors during the period 1857-1993. Covers detective fiction, mystery stories, works on gangs and pushers, spies, enemy agents, bushrangers and convicts. Also contains the first detailed listing of Australian pulps and ephemerals."
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Canadian crime fiction

David Skene Melvin

Battered Silicon Dispatch Box

1996

" This is the first comprehensive bibliography of Canadian crime writing ever compiled. It covers virtually every book published between 1817-1996, and includes a biographical dictionary of Canadian crime writers. Canadian Crime Fiction covers both English- and French-language crime fiction, which is defined as adventure, crime, detective, espionage, mystery, suspense, and thrillers, as well as tales of intrigue, violence and investigation, and covers both adult and juvenile novels and plays. This bibliography is arranged alphabetically by author, and contains two major appendices dealing respectively with crime fiction by non-Canadians set in Canada, and crime fiction with Canadian connections."
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Julian Symons: A Bibliography

John J. Walsdorf

Preface: H.R.F. Keating

Winchester Bibliographies of Twentieth Century Writers

Winchester and New Castle / Oak Knoll Press

1996

Includes a personal memoire and commentaries by Julian Symons.

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Academe in Mystery and Detective Fiction: An Annotated Bibliography

John E. Kramer

Scarecrow Press

2000

First edition possibly published in 1983.

"College-mystery novels, a subgenre known for settings within universities and college towns, draw a reading audience comprised of both academics and the general mystery fan. Likewise, John E. Kramer has created a resource suitable for the investigative scholar and the lay reader interested in these works. This bibliography of 483 novels is organized chronologically by date of publication, ranging between 1910 to 1999. Indices at the end of the volume allow the reader to search by author and title as well as by institutional setting and academic disciplines. Kramer's entries, comprised of plot summary and author biography, avoid cumbersome literary jargon and refrain from making judgements on the quality of the works. In addition to bibliographical material on college mystery novels themselves, Kramer has included references to books, journals, and essays about the genre."
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