America’s Agatha Christie: Mignon Good Eberhart, Her Life and Works

July 4, 2013 - Comment

Between 1929 and 1988, American mystery writer Mignon Good Eberhart wrote fifty-nine mystery novels, at least as many short stories, and served a term as president and Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America. This study of Eberhart’s life and work considers the influence of her childhood in Nebraska, her marriage and frequent travels,

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Between 1929 and 1988, American mystery writer Mignon Good Eberhart wrote fifty-nine mystery novels, at least as many short stories, and served a term as president and Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America. This study of Eberhart’s life and work considers the influence of her childhood in Nebraska, her marriage and frequent travels, and her various professional and personal contacts in Chicago and on the East Coast. Eberhart’s friendships with well-known literary figures, including mystery and romance authors, provide a fascinating glimpse into the social matrix of a bygone publishing world. Eberhart’s experiences with Hollywood and Broadway show how the mystery genre, and writer, were transformed in an alternate medium. Leading women’s magazines of the day also sought Eberhart’s talent and inevitably transformed her writing. Eberhart’s novels and correspondence provide insight into the social mores of her day, in particular about women’s friendships, repressed sexuality, and closeted homosexuality. Those interested in cultural studies, women’s studies, and twentieth-century popular literature will find this book valuable. Rick Cypert is a Professor of English at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

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Midwest Book Review says:

The literary biography of Mignon Good Eberhart America’s Agatha Christie: Mignon Good Eberhart Her Life And Works is the literary biography of Mignon Good Eberhart (1899-1996) who began writing during the golden age of detective fiction and enjoyed a career of more than sixty years as one of the country’s most popular mystery novelists with 59 mysteries and numerous short stories to her credit. She even served as president and Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America. This well researched and ably written study of her life by Rick…

Kevin Killian says:

Good Picture of a So So Talent There’s some interesting information in AMERICA’S AGATHA CHRISTIE, and author Rick Cypert handles a number of shifting time periods well, providing a brief social history of the many decades during which his heroine operated. Check out the cover pictures, in which Mignon Eberhart grows older and older, and yet stays pretty much the same, and you will get an idea of the book’s flavor. But only a few really intriguing things happened to Mignon Eberhart, and the rest is a pleasant snooze. She…

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