Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Literature in the 1930s

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather (American)

Peril at End House by Agatha Christie (British)

The Siamese Twin Mystery by Ellery Queen (American)

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald (American)
Appointment in Samarra by John O'Hara (American)

The Saint in New York by Leslie Charteris (British)

Absalom, Abalom! by William Faulkner (American)
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (American)

Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen (Danish)
Nancy Drew: The Whispering Statue

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (British)

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler (American)
Khufu's Wisdom by Naguib Mahfouz (Egyptian)


Hariklia said...

Have you read all of these!!?

Not counting film versions of books, which you can't really, the only one I've read is Tender is the Night. I adore F Scott Fitzgerald.

Leslie in Adams Morgan said...

Not all of them ... some recently, some long ago, and some are on my reading list for the first time this year.

I've read and blogged about the following:
Tender is the Night, Murder at the Vicarage, and Peril at End House.

I've read and will re-read the following:
Out of Africa, Rebecca, and Shadows of the Rock (I've read most of Willa Cather's books).

I'm sure I read Nancy Drew The Whispering Statue in my childhood. I am interested in reading the 1930s version and comparing it to the 1970s version. (To see how times have changed. Supposedly they changed the story quite a bit.)

I have not read Ellery Queen and Dashiell Hammett. I'm not a fan of the hard-boiled detective novel but want to give it a go so I have a complete picture of the mystery/crime fiction genre.

Love the Saint on TV so want to read it and also James Bond (on a different decade list) for fun.

The John O'Hara and Faulkner books will be completely new to me.

Malnurtured Snay said...

How do you like Christie? I read Murder on the Orient Express and Ten Little Indians a couple of years ago ... I dunno, I got the feeling she was a lot of hype over what I'd expected. Maybe I just built it up so much in my head that I couldn't help but be a little disappointed.

The Maltese Falcon is great. You might also consider finding some stuff by Josephine Tey. She was writing I think in the 50s, so hopefully it'll qualify for another one of your lists. "Daughter of Time" is absolutely amazing: highly recommended.