Mystery #6 for Literary Snobs: The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

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Umberto Eco is a literary snob's dream date. A towering intellectual, he is the author of ...

Mystery #5 for Literary Snobs: A Murder of Quality by John leCarre

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John leCarre toiled for years in the vineyards of another low-status genre, the spy thriller, before ...

Mystery #4 for Literary Snobs: Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner

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Faulkner flirted with the mystery genre throughout his career — Knight's Gambit and Intruder in the ...

Mystery #3 for Literary Snobs: Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges

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Any excuse to read this South American grandmaster is a good one. Luckily for us, mysteries ...

Mystery #2 for Literary Snobs: The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon

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  With our second mystery, we move from the surreal river running through the dark continent to ...

Mystery #1 for  Literary Snobs: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Mystery #1 for Literary Snobs: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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The topic of my last post on the Poisoned Pen Press blog was about the challenge ...

Mysteries for Literary Snobs

Mysteries for Literary Snobs

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Courtesy of Flickr Once upon a time, novels were just, well, novels. Pride and Prejudice was once ...

Great Opening Lines: Thoughts from Other Fans

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A few months back, I did a post on the greatest opening lines in literature. Since then, ...

“If You Build It, Hollywood Will Come”: More Thoughts on Movie Adaptations

“If You Build It, Hollywood Will Come”: More Thoughts on Movie Adaptations

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It's simple Hollywood math: the most popular novel of the year--or even of the decade--has been ...

Some More Thoughts on Hollywood and the Novel

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As I work on my next post for Poisoned Pen Press--"Mysteries for Literary Snobs"--I pause to ...