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Julian Symons (1912–1994)

Autor(a) de Bloody Murder: From the Detective Story to the Crime Novel

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Séries

Obras de Julian Symons

A Three-Pipe Problem (1975) 203 cópias
The Colour of Murder (1957) 169 cópias
The Belting Inheritance (1965) 136 cópias
The Progress of a Crime (1960) 107 cópias
The Kentish Manor Murders (1988) 91 cópias
The Players and the Game (1972) 83 cópias
The Man Who Killed Himself (1967) 82 cópias
The Name of Annabel Lee (1983) 77 cópias
Verdict of 13 (1978) — Editor; Contribuinte — 71 cópias
Death's Darkest Face (1990) 71 cópias
The Plot against Roger Rider (1973) 67 cópias
The 31st of February (1950) 67 cópias
The Detling Secret (1982) 66 cópias
The Narrowing Circle (1954) 59 cópias
Bland Beginning (1949) 55 cópias
A Criminal Comedy (1985) 47 cópias
Sweet Adelaide (1980) 42 cópias
A Pictorial History of Crime (1966) 42 cópias
The Paper Chase (1723) 40 cópias
Merry Murder (1994) 40 cópias
The End of Solomon Grundy (1964) 39 cópias
Playing Happy Families (1994) 39 cópias
Something Like a Love Affair (1992) 36 cópias
The Man Who Lost His Wife (1970) 31 cópias
The Broken Penny (1966) 30 cópias
The Immaterial Murder Case (1948) 26 cópias
The Gigantic Shadow (1823) 25 cópias
Dashiell Hammett (1600) 20 cópias
The Killing of Francie Lake (1963) 16 cópias
Critical Observations (1981) 14 cópias
Buller's Campaign (1967) 14 cópias
A Sort of Virtue (1996) 14 cópias
A Man Called Jones (1747) 13 cópias
Murder! Murder! (1961) 10 cópias
An Anthology Of War Poetry (1942) 9 cópias
Murder Takes a Holiday (1991) 9 cópias
England's Pride (1974) 7 cópias
Charles Dickens (1969) 5 cópias
Reasonable Doubt (1960) 5 cópias
Critical Occasions (1966) 5 cópias
Crime & Detection Quiz (1983) 5 cópias
Notes from Another Country (1972) 5 cópias
Asi acabó Salomón Grundy (1964) 2 cópias
En mördares dröm (1974) 2 cópias
New Poetry: v. 9 (1983) 2 cópias
Angry 30s (1976) 2 cópias
Los crímenes de Blackheath (1978) 1 exemplar(es)
Slutet på visan 1 exemplar(es)
Juego de sangre (1974) 1 exemplar(es)
'Twixt the Cup and the Lip (1963) 1 exemplar(es)
The Tigers of Subtopia (1965) 1 exemplar(es)
Symons Julian 1 exemplar(es)
Drohende Schatten 1 exemplar(es)
Jugando a matar (1986) 1 exemplar(es)
Giftmorden på Blackheath (1983) 1 exemplar(es)
Am Anfang war der Mord (1994) 1 exemplar(es)
The Modern Crime Story (1980) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Great Expectations (1861) — Introdução, algumas edições38,387 cópias
The Woman in White (1859) — Introdução, algumas edições12,783 cópias
The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920) — Prefácio, algumas edições8,904 cópias
Homage to Catalonia (1938) — Introdução, algumas edições6,165 cópias
Peril at End House (1932) — Prefácio, algumas edições4,145 cópias
The Hollow (1946) — Contribuinte, algumas edições3,553 cópias
Dumb Witness (1937) — Contribuinte, algumas edições3,415 cópias
Mrs. McGinty's Dead (1952) — Contribuinte, algumas edições3,078 cópias
Doctor Thorne (1858) — Introdução, algumas edições2,082 cópias
The Small House at Allington (1862) — Introdução, algumas edições1,779 cópias
Selected Tales (1980) — Editor, algumas edições1,359 cópias
The New Bedside, Bathtub, and Armchair Companion to Agatha Christie (1986) — Prefácio, algumas edições; Introdução — 538 cópias
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1985) — Contribuinte — 516 cópias
The Three Impostors (1895) — Prefácio, algumas edições403 cópias
The Oxford Book of English Detective Stories (1990) — Contribuinte — 399 cópias
The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries (2013) — Contribuinte — 289 cópias
The Scoop & Behind the Screen (1930) — Introdução — 210 cópias
The Revenge for Love (1937) — Introdução, algumas edições210 cópias
The Bedside, Bathtub, and Armchair Companion to Agatha Christie (1979) — Introdução, algumas edições209 cópias
Crimson Snow: Winter Mysteries (2016) — Contribuinte — 197 cópias
Masterpieces of Mystery and Suspense (1988) — Contribuinte — 189 cópias
The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories (2018) — Contribuinte — 187 cópias
Murder by the Book: Mysteries for Bibliophiles (2021) — Contribuinte — 171 cópias
The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (2015) — Contribuinte — 141 cópias
London After Midnight : A Tour of Its Criminal Haunts (1996) — Contribuinte — 135 cópias
Great Cases of Scotland Yard (1978) — Contribuinte — 128 cópias
Strange Tales From the Strand (1991) — Prefácio — 109 cópias
A Surprise for Christmas and Other Seasonal Mysteries (2020) — Contribuinte — 105 cópias
A New Omnibus of Crime (1771) — Contribuinte — 97 cópias
Murder On Christmas Eve (2017) — Contribuinte — 88 cópias
Fifty Best Mysteries (1991) — Contribuinte — 72 cópias
The Murder Book: An Illustrated History of the Detective Story (1971) — Prefácio, algumas edições63 cópias
The Two Heroines of Plumplington and Other Stories (1882) — Introdução, algumas edições62 cópias
Great Tales of Mystery and Suspense (1981) — Contribuinte — 62 cópias
Murder Most Cozy: Mysteries in the Classic Tradition (1993) — Contribuinte — 55 cópias
Settling Scores: Sporting Mysteries (2020) — Contribuinte — 54 cópias
Murder at Christmas (2019) — Contribuinte — 53 cópias
The Arbor House Treasury of Mystery and Suspense (1981) — Contribuinte — 52 cópias
Murder at Teatime: Mysteries in the Classic Cozy Tradition (1996) — Contribuinte — 49 cópias
Cloak and Dagger: A Treasury of 35 Great Espionage Stories (1988) — Contribuinte — 43 cópias
Unsolved! Classic True Murder Cases (1987) — Contribuinte — 41 cópias
65 Great Murder Mysteries (1983) — Contribuinte — 41 cópias
Murder in Midsummer (2019) — Contribuinte — 37 cópias
Some Things Fierce and Fatal (1971) — Contribuinte — 35 cópias
Mysterious Pleasures (2003) — Contribuinte — 34 cópias
The Vintage Book of Classic Crime (1993) — Contribuinte — 33 cópias
Murder under the Mistletoe and Other Stories (1992) — Contribuinte — 33 cópias
Murder on a Winter's Night (2021) — Contribuinte — 32 cópias
Tales of the Uncanny (1983) — Contribuinte — 30 cópias
101 Mystery Stories (1986) — Contribuinte — 26 cópias
Crime Writers (1978) — Contribuinte — 21 cópias
Great detective stories (1998) — Contribuinte — 20 cópias
Murder at the Races (1995) — Contribuinte — 20 cópias
Masterpieces of Mystery: More from the Sixties (1979) — Contribuinte — 16 cópias
The Essential Wyndham Lewis (1989) — Editor — 16 cópias
Show Business Is Murder (1983) — Contribuinte — 14 cópias
Ellery Queen's Crookbook (1974) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1985 (1985) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias
Winter's Crimes 11 (1979) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias
The Gourmet Crook Book (1976) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias
Crime Waves: No. 1 (1991) — Contribuinte — 12 cópias
Essays and Biographies (1969) — Editor — 11 cópias
Inward Journey (1987) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
Evening Standard Detective Book: Second Series (1951) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
My Favorite Suspense Stories (1968) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
The Year's Best Mystery and Suspense Stories, 1983 (1983) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1983 (1983) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1981 (1981) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
Agenda : Wyndham Lewis special issue — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1977 (1977) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
John Creasey's Mystery Bedside Book (1960) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
Winter's Crimes 17 (1985) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1979 (1979) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1990 (1990) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1987 (1987) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1989 (1989) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
Winter's Crimes 14 (1982) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
Winter's Crimes 19 (1987) 5 cópias
Some Like Them Dead (1960) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
Evening Standard Detective Book (1950) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1984 (1984) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
Best crime stories. 4 (1971) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1982 (1982) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
Crime Writers' Choice (1964) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1978 (1978) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
The New Roger Caras Treasury of Great Horse Stories (1999) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
Best Crime Stories — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
Planned Departures (1958) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
London After Midnight: A Conducted Tour, Part 2 (1996) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
Best Detective Stories (Volume 2) (1964) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Best Detective Stories of the Year: 20th Annual Collection (1965) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1980 (1980) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Great Stories of Detection (1960) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Butcher's Dozen (1956) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Ellery Queen's Mysterie Magazine 5 — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Creasey Mystery Magazine (Vol. 4, Issue 7) (1956) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Club del Misterio, volum 9 (1982) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Choice of Weapons (1958) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Appendici in giallo 1 (racconti) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Winter's Crimes 3 (1971) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Det ligner mord. 10 moderne detektivhistorier — Autor, algumas edições1 exemplar(es)
Detectiveverhalen 2 (1964) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)

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Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Symons, Julian
Nome de batismo
Symons, Julian Gustave
Data de nascimento
1912-05-30
Data de falecimento
1994-11-19
Sexo
male
Nacionalidade
UK
Local de nascimento
London, England, UK
Local de falecimento
Kent, England, UK
Locais de residência
London, England, UK
Ocupação
crime novelist
editor
literary critic
historical novelist
essayist
biographer (mostrar todas 8)
teacher
poet
Relacionamentos
Symons, A. J. A. (brother)
Organizações
Detection Club
Amherst College
British Army (WWII)
Premiações
Cartier Diamond Dagger 1990
Pequena biografia
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.

Membros

Resenhas

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.
… (mais)
½
 
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hypostasise | outras 14 resenhas | 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.
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ChazziFrazz | 1 outra resenha | 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 | outras 4 resenhas | 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 | outras 14 resenhas | Apr 24, 2023 |

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Estatísticas

Obras
118
Also by
117
Membros
3,238
Popularidade
#7,900
Avaliação
3.9
Resenhas
74
ISBNs
395
Idiomas
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Favorito
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