Original holograph manuscript of the essay "The Plotter," a critique of the work of fellow crime writer Agatha Christie.

Publisher: (Amherst, Mass, 1977).
Edition: First published as "The Mistress of Complication" in Agatha Christie: First Lady of Crime, compiled and edited by H.R.F. Keating (1977).
Condition: In fine condition.
Book ID: 26950


20 pages, 11 x 8.5 inch bond paper (a few of the leaves have the Amherst College English Department letterhead on the verso), written on the rectos only in alternating red and black ink. Heavily corrected and revised throughout by Symons.


¶ A fine essay on the detective fiction of Agatha Christie by fellow writer of detective fiction Julian Symons. His premise is that Christie is the master plotter who had a magical ability to construct puzzles and provide solutions for them: "In the end Agatha Christie's claim to supremacy among the classical detective story writers of her time rests on her originality in constructing puzzles. This was her supreme skill." When this essay was written, Symons was a Visiting Writer at Amherst College.

Price: $450.00

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