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Green, Anna Katharine [Mrs. Charles Rohlfs]
Miss Hurd: An Enigma
New York and London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1894. First edition. Fine. Original publisher's cloth binding with bright gilt to spine. Clean and vivid, with the faintest hint of wear to extremities. Textblock tight and unmarked; middle signature a bit proud but firm. A much better copy than is typically found, of an activist novel by one of the mothers of detective fiction. Best known for The Leavenworth Case, Green helped define a new genre and created space for female writers within it; and she has been credited with the invention of the "girl detective" that served as a predecessor for characters such as Miss Marple and Nancy Drew. Though it has received less critical attention than titles such as The Leavenworth Case, Miss Hurd: An Enigma was important for its use of mystery and the chase to convey a feminist message. Contemporary reviews certainly picked this up, railing against Green and her heroine. In reviewing the book at its release, The Atlantic Monthly complained "The so-called Miss Hurd, a heroine of the impressive, queenly order, spends her time in running away from her husband -- who is liberally endowed with many of the gifts and graces which attract ordinary young women -- and in being discovered by him in various ingenious hiding places. To the reader the principal enigma should be, why should this long-suffering gentleman have cared to reclaim his errant spouse?" Already widely known and popular for her detective stories featuring intelligent and independent women characters, "Green's attitude toward women evolved throughout her writing career, and her port … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books [United States]
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