Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Jacques Barzun

From: Etienne Borgers (
Date: 05 Dec 2000

There was a revised edition of CATALOGUE OF CRIME, in 1986- but I never could see it.

'Catalogue...' was praised because (as I read somewhere)it seems to be the first attempt to gather such a number of comments about works of crime/mystery fiction. Maybe this explains why it still appears in to-day references (?)

The duo wrote also prefaces to each of the fifty
"classics" of crime lit reprinted by Garland Publishing. A short volume (about 100 pp) gathers these prefaces: 'A Book of Prefaces to Fifty Classics of Crime Fiction, 1900-1950' - 1976

Just to add to Barzun's biblio.

E.Borgers Hard-Boiled Mysteries

--- Kevin Burton Smith <> wrote:
> Bill Hagen wrote:
> >I notice too
> >that he co-authored a reference work (with Wendell
> Taylor) called A
> >Catalogue of
> >Crime (1971).
> Yeah. I remember going through it quite a few times
> several years ago
> at a local library. While any ambitious
> bibliographical/critical work
> of that scope is bound to contain errors, I seem to
> recall A
> Catalogue of Crime having some real honkers, and
> some of the opinions
> (even if they are only opinions) really out to
> lunch.

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