. Boston: The Atlantic Monthly Press, 1986.
A child psychiatrist’s attempt to uncover the psychology of the everyday lives of children, following Anna Freud’s lead in devising a “methodology” of observing ordinary children. Most helpful in its discussion of character formation.
. London: Verso, 1987.
An examination of one of the first mass media and its place in the culture of American working people, arguing that the concerns and “accents” of workers are paramount in the stories.
. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1950.
An entertaining account of the phenomenon of dime novels: their history and production; their creators, artistic and commercial; their hayday and their demise.
. New York: Grossman Publishers, 1976.
An examination of the creative approach, along with biographical material, of several writers of mystery.
Landrum, Larry N., Pat Brown, Ray B. Browne, eds.
. Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1976.
A collection of essays which examines and explains the genre and its extensions (alienation; experimental fiction) and style.
May, Charles E. “Why Did Detective Fiction Make Its Debut in the Short Story Format?,” in
, Vol. 20, No. 1 (Winter ‘87), pp. 77-81.
An interesting discussion of the role of the reader in and of detective fiction. Reinforces the place of careful reading.
Nessel, Denise. “Do Your Students Think When They Read?,” in
, April, pp. 55-58.
An explication of the “directed reading activity” and how it can be improved so that students become more actively involved in reading and thinking.
Pearson, Edmund A.
. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1929.
A breezy examination of dime novels: their times, their readership, their morality. There are several extended excerpts from dime novels which can be better sampled at Beinecke.
Phillips, Louis. “The Oddly Colored Thread: Logic in Detective Fiction,” in
, Vol. 16, No. 3, pp. 310-13.
An exploration of logic and reasoning (some of it faulty) in short detective fiction.
Simon, Sidney B., Leland W. Howe, Howard Kirschenbaum,
, New York: Hart Publishing Company, 1972.
A manual which presents a philosophy and offers a large number of ways to practice what you preach. Suggested activities are easily adaptable to a variety of subject areas and age and grade levels. Invaluable.