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Julian Symons (1912–1994)

Forfatter af Bloody Murder: From the Detective Story to the Crime Novel

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A Three-Pipe Problem (1975) 203 eksemplarer
Havet hvisker mord (1957) 170 eksemplarer
The Belting Inheritance (1965) 138 eksemplarer
The Progress of a Crime (1960) 108 eksemplarer
The Kentish Manor Murders (1988) 91 eksemplarer
The Players and the Game (1972) 83 eksemplarer
The Man Who Killed Himself (1967) 82 eksemplarer
The Name of Annabel Lee (1983) 77 eksemplarer
Verdict of 13 (1978) — Redaktør; Bidragyder — 71 eksemplarer
Death's Darkest Face (1990) 71 eksemplarer
The Plot against Roger Rider (1973) 67 eksemplarer
The 31st of February (1950) 67 eksemplarer
The Detling Secret (1982) 66 eksemplarer
The Narrowing Circle (1954) 60 eksemplarer
Conan Doyle: Portrait of an Artist (1979) 57 eksemplarer
Bland Beginning (1949) 55 eksemplarer
The Penguin Classic Crime Omnibus (1984) 54 eksemplarer
A Criminal Comedy (1985) 47 eksemplarer
Sweet Adelaide (1980) 42 eksemplarer
The Paper Chase (1723) 40 eksemplarer
Playing Happy Families (1994) 40 eksemplarer
The End of Solomon Grundy (1964) 39 eksemplarer
Merry Murder (1994) 39 eksemplarer
Something Like a Love Affair (1992) 36 eksemplarer
The Man Who Lost His Wife (1970) 32 eksemplarer
The Broken Penny (1966) 30 eksemplarer
The Immaterial Murder Case (1948) 26 eksemplarer
The Gigantic Shadow (1823) 25 eksemplarer
Dashiell Hammett (1600) 20 eksemplarer
The Thirties: A Dream Revolved (1975) 18 eksemplarer
The Killing of Francie Lake (1963) 16 eksemplarer
Critical Observations (1981) 14 eksemplarer
Buller's Campaign (1967) 14 eksemplarer
A Sort of Virtue (1996) 14 eksemplarer
A Man Called Jones (1747) 13 eksemplarer
Murder! Murder! (1961) 10 eksemplarer
The Detective Story in Britain (1962) 10 eksemplarer
An Anthology Of War Poetry (1942) 9 eksemplarer
Murder Takes a Holiday (1991) 9 eksemplarer
Horatio Bottomley. A Biography (1955) 8 eksemplarer
Francis Quarles Investigates (1965) 7 eksemplarer
England's Pride (1974) 7 eksemplarer
Notes from Another Country (1972) 6 eksemplarer
Charles Dickens (1969) 5 eksemplarer
Reasonable Doubt (1960) 5 eksemplarer
Critical Occasions (1966) 5 eksemplarer
Crime & Detection Quiz (1983) 5 eksemplarer
A Julian Symons Sherlockian Duet (2000) 3 eksemplarer
Beroemde zaken van Scotland Yard (1980) 3 eksemplarer
The Thirties and the Nineties (1990) 3 eksemplarer
Confusions about X 2 eksemplarer
The second man; poems 2 eksemplarer
Asi acabó Salomón Grundy (1964) 2 eksemplarer
Les dessous de l'affaire *** (2001) 2 eksemplarer
En mördares dröm (1974) 2 eksemplarer
New Poetry: v. 9 (1983) 2 eksemplarer
Angry 30s (1976) 2 eksemplarer
The Santa Claus Club 2 eksemplarer
Juego de sangre (1974) 1 eksemplar
Los crímenes de Blackheath (1978) 1 eksemplar
'Twixt the Cup and the Lip (1963) 1 eksemplar
Slutet på visan 1 eksemplar
The Tigers of Subtopia (1965) 1 eksemplar
Symons Julian 1 eksemplar
Drohende Schatten 1 eksemplar
Jugando a matar (1986) 1 eksemplar
Giftmorden på Blackheath (1983) 1 eksemplar
Am Anfang war der Mord (1994) 1 eksemplar
The Modern Crime Story (1980) 1 eksemplar

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The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (2015) — Bidragyder — 145 eksemplarer
London After Midnight : A Tour of Its Criminal Haunts (1996) — Bidragyder — 136 eksemplarer
Great Cases of Scotland Yard (1978) — Bidragyder — 128 eksemplarer
Strange Tales from the Strand (1991) — Forord — 109 eksemplarer
A Surprise for Christmas and Other Seasonal Mysteries (2020) — Bidragyder — 107 eksemplarer
A New Omnibus of Crime (1771) — Bidragyder — 97 eksemplarer
Murder On Christmas Eve (2017) — Bidragyder — 90 eksemplarer
A Classic English Crime: 13 Stories for the Christie Centenary (1990) — Bidragyder — 77 eksemplarer
Fifty Best Mysteries (1991) — Bidragyder — 73 eksemplarer
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Murder at Teatime: Mysteries in the Classic Cozy Tradition (1996) — Bidragyder — 49 eksemplarer
Cloak and Dagger: A Treasury of 35 Great Espionage Stories (1988) — Bidragyder — 44 eksemplarer
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Some Things Fierce and Fatal (1971) — Bidragyder — 35 eksemplarer
Mysterious Pleasures (2003) — Bidragyder — 34 eksemplarer
The Vintage Book of Classic Crime (1993) — Bidragyder — 34 eksemplarer
Murder under the Mistletoe and Other Stories (1992) — Bidragyder — 33 eksemplarer
Tales of the Uncanny (1983) — Bidragyder — 30 eksemplarer
101 Mystery Stories (1986) — Bidragyder — 26 eksemplarer
Crime Writers (1978) — Bidragyder — 21 eksemplarer
Great detective stories (1998) — Bidragyder — 20 eksemplarer
Murder at the Races (1995) — Bidragyder — 20 eksemplarer
The Essential Wyndham Lewis (1989) — Redaktør — 17 eksemplarer
Masterpieces of Mystery: More from the Sixties (1979) — Bidragyder — 16 eksemplarer
Show Business Is Murder (1983) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
Ellery Queen's Crookbook (1974) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1985 (1985) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
Winter's Crimes 11 (1979) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
The Gourmet Crook Book (1976) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
Crime Waves: No. 1 (1991) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer
Essays and Biographies (1969) — Redaktør — 11 eksemplarer
Inward Journey (1987) — Bidragyder — 11 eksemplarer
Carlyle: Selected Works, Reminiscences, and Letters (1955) — Redaktør — 8 eksemplarer
Evening Standard Detective Book: Second Series (1951) — Bidragyder — 8 eksemplarer
My Favorite Suspense Stories (1968) — Bidragyder — 8 eksemplarer
The Year's Best Mystery and Suspense Stories, 1983 (1983) — Bidragyder — 8 eksemplarer
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1983 (1983) — Bidragyder — 8 eksemplarer
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1981 (1981) — Bidragyder — 6 eksemplarer
Agenda : Wyndham Lewis special issue — Bidragyder — 6 eksemplarer
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1977 (1977) — Bidragyder — 6 eksemplarer
John Creasey's Mystery Bedside Book (1960) — Bidragyder — 6 eksemplarer
Winter's Crimes 17 (1985) — Bidragyder — 6 eksemplarer
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1979 (1979) — Bidragyder — 6 eksemplarer
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1990 (1990) — Bidragyder — 5 eksemplarer
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1987 (1987) — Bidragyder — 5 eksemplarer
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1989 (1989) — Bidragyder — 5 eksemplarer
Julian Symons : a bibliography (1996) 5 eksemplarer
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John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1984 (1984) — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer
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Best crime stories. 4 (1971) — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1982 (1982) — Bidragyder — 3 eksemplarer
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Best Detective Stories (Volume 2) (1964) — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer
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Kanonisk navn
Symons, Julian
Juridisk navn
Symons, Julian Gustave
Fødselsdato
1912-05-30
Dødsdag
1994-11-19
Køn
male
Nationalitet
UK
Fødested
London, England, UK
Dødssted
Kent, England, UK
Bopæl
London, England, UK
Erhverv
crime novelist
editor
literary critic
historical novelist
essayist
biographer (vis alle 8)
teacher
poet
Relationer
Symons, A. J. A. (brother)
Organisationer
Detection Club
Amherst College
British Army (WWII)
Priser og hædersbevisninger
Cartier Diamond Dagger 1990
Kort biografi
Julian Symons, born in London, was a younger brother, and later the biographer, of the writer A. J. A. Symons. He left school at 14. He founded the poetry magazine Twentieth Century Verse in 1937 and edited it for two years. He tried crime writing in a light–hearted way before World War II, and later became a leader of the genre. As an early Trotskyite, he applied for recognition as a conscientious objector at the start of WW II, but ended up in the Royal Armoured Corps from 1942 to 1944. After a period as an advertising copywriter, he became a full-time writer in 1947. His use of irony and black humor to show the violence behind the respectable masks of society, and his emphasis on character and psychology, have caused many to consider his books mainstream fiction. During his career, he won two Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America and, in 1982, received the MWA's Grand Master Award. Symons served as the president of the Detection Club from 1976 to 1985. His 1972 book Bloody Murder: From the Detective Story to the Crime Novel (published as Mortal Consequences in the USA) is one of the best-known critical works in the field of crime fiction. Symons wrote more than 30 crime novels and story collections and also made occasional forays into historical mystery, such as The Blackheath Poisonings (1978), which was filmed for television in 1992.

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Everyone in this book is awful, pathetic, or both. Not terribly so: just ordinarily awful, mundanely pathetic. And I suppose not quite everyone. There's a barrister whose only character flaw is a measure of egotism, and a likeable prostitute. But every other character, minor or major, is composed in a rebarbative key. It's quite an achievement to make even the brief walk-on parts believably unpleasant.

The narrative centres on John Wilkins, a minor-league fantasist in denial about his drinking problem. His fantasies and his drinking owe much to his grasping, social-climbing wife, May, and his overbearing, meddling mother. Their intertwined lives induce an atmosphere of intense entrapment. The reader is given to wonder how many similar miserable situations have been avoided by the liberalisation of the divorce laws and the loosening of stifling middle-class social norms since the 1950s. If John and May could just have separated painlessly, and acceptably to all, none of the plot happens.

Since they can't separate, the plot happens. John's fantasies lead him into a tangle of lies and a delusional semi-affair with a young woman; his lies, along with his drinking and concomitant blackouts, contribute to the credibility of the murder case against him when she's found dead. The book has two parts. The first is a long pre-trial interview between John and a psychiatrist. He was irrationally involved with her. He may have killed her. He doesn't know. He can't remember. The second is the trial itself. An epilogue seems intended to cement the ambiguity surrounding the murder case, but rests on a coincidence so far-fetched that the ambiguity instead collapses. The book might have been better without it.

The Colour of Murder was reissued as a British Library Crime Classic in 2018, so it wasn't just a prize-winner in 1957; it is esteemed today. Both accolades deserve inquiry.

Why did it win a prize in 1957? Perhaps because of the forensic focus on the states of mind of the central suspect. The introduction to the BL edition highlights this as a novelty at the time, and certainly in comparison to novels from the "Golden Age" of crime novels, there is considerable depth, nuance, and plausibility to the psychological characterisation. This is mostly in the first part of the book. The trial part is nicely done, and I might have appreciated it more had I not recently read Grierson's similar, better effort. The introduction claims that Symons uses this part to "explore the nature of justice", but I can't say I found much exploration worth considering.

Symons' reputation in the world of crime fiction now rests mostly on his history of the genre, Bloody Murder, rather than on his own novels. So why reissue this one (and one other, The Belting Inheritance)? While it certainly has merits as a novel, it's also fascinating as a social document of the 1950s. The introduction notes this, but in relation to concrete facts about the prevalence of "television parties" and racism. I was more struck by what the book tells about the claustrophobic, small-minded, straitened nature of lower-middle-class 1950s life: among other elements, how painfully important it was to cleanse oneself from any taint of unsuitable social origins or associations, and how temptingly easy it was to re-associate oneself to disastrous effect. If you ever want to read a novel that makes you both aware and glad that the not-too-distant past really is the past, this is one to consider.
… (mere)
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hypostasise | 14 andre anmeldelser | Jan 19, 2024 |
Tony Shelton is a cricket player with aspirations to being a top player. But he is playing it down and trying to be more bookish to impress Victoria Rawlings. He’s gone to the extent of giving up cricket, his passion, to win this girl.

Victoria Rawlings is the granddaughter of Martin Rawlings, a renowned poet. She is very bookish, extremely proud of her literary connection and very anti-cricket.

The two are engaged and for an engagement gift, Tony purchases a rare collection of Martin Rawlings poems at a very high price. Questions arise about the authenticity of the collection. It seems there are a numbers of these collections that have been found to be fakes.

To verify the authenticity, Tony seeks the expertise of well-known sellers who are considered experts on Rawlings’ work. Tony finds there is a “no love lost” attitude between these people as each feels they are the top expert in the field. Their differences don’t help Tony, and it is only worse when some turn up dead one after another.

Inspector Wrax is given the case. Wrax is a mean man who is suspicious of everyone, he bulldozes his way through the investigation with blunt questions and a focus on making an arrest.

Disappointed with Wrax’s methods and slow progress, Tony takes it upon himself to do his own investigation. He gets assistance from Victoria, John Basingstoke (a writer with a prominent scar on the right side of his face), Ruth Cleverly (a researcher and Basingstoke’s friend), and Bland (a law clerk with an extensive interest in criminology. As the group makes inroads to the mystery, good and bad, the pieces fall into place.

Bland is an interesting character who is brought in midway. A loner with quite a knowledgeable background. This is the third book in a short series. I hope to find the others to read.
… (mere)
 
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ChazziFrazz | 1 anden anmeldelse | Nov 8, 2023 |
I think I enjoyed The Belting Inheritance a bit better than this one, but it was still quite a good mystery and well worth a read.
 
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JBD1 | 4 andre anmeldelser | Apr 27, 2023 |
An experimental style, mystery begins with suspect speaking to a psychologist, followed by his trial and an epilogue with a surprising twist. A lonely man in an unhappy marriage falls in love with his fantasy of a young women who works at the library.
 
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ritaer | 14 andre anmeldelser | Apr 24, 2023 |

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