RARA-AVIS: Retry: Crime Fiction History Question

From: Joy Matkowski ( jmatkowski1@comcast.net)
Date: 23 Apr 2003

Sounds like you might mean Stumpers, http://domin.dom.edu/depts/gslis/stumpers/#post , although it isn't at the University of Chicago. There's also an academic mystery research list, but I haven't seen anything of it for several months and don't know more specifics offhand.


> Growing up in Taiwan I read a series of detective books in Chinese. They
> featured a very clever detective/crook who stole money from the rich and
> the money to the poor. He constantly outwitted Sherlock Holmes, who
> like an idiot in these books. (do we detect any British-French rivalries
> here?) The stories are set in France, often Paris, my guess is during the
> 1800s. The name of the detective/crook in Chinese is ya-sen, lo-bin.
> is probably his first name. The French author is Morris something
> (Mo-li-shi, lu-bu-liang.)
> I would like to locate versions of these books in English or French. My
> friend mentioned a website at U Chicago where people can ask questions
> this. If any of you literary wizards on this list knows what I'm talking
> about, or a website where I can ask, I'd really appreciate it.
> By the way, I am trying to order books in Chinese. If you know a good
> for that, that would be great.

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