Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: About Deadwood and DEADWOOD DICK

From: E.Borgers (
Date: 16 Jun 2005


Many thanks for your extended and enlightening answer! I found in your text what I needed to know about DEADWOOD DICK, and even more...

What you described about your new book, THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FANTASTIC VICTORIANA, just increased my interest for it! I especially like the
"universal" look you have to the subject.

Thanks again.


Jess Nevins :

>The Deadwood Dick stories were written by Edward L. Wheeler

>a veteran writer of dime novels. There were thirty-three Deadwood Dick
>stories in the dime novel BEADLE'S HALF-DIME LIBRARY, from 1877 to 1885.
>A 34th story appeared in BEADLE'S BOYS LIBRARY OF SPORT, STORY, AND
>ADVENTURE in 1882.
>>Your book on Victoriana seems very interesting. Is it an anthology of
>texts from that period, or a wider study on the subject?
>Thanks! It's a combination of literary criticism and book review of around
>800 characters and two dozen concepts of 19th century fiction (although I
>go back to 1765 and up to 1905), from science fiction to fantasy to horror
>to detective/mystery fiction to historical romances to dime novels to
>penny dreadfuls to Gothics, as well as things like the work of Ponson du
>Terrail and Paul Feval, Russian bandit ballads, kabuki, wuxia, and Vietnamese
>epic poetry.
>With regard to detective fiction, I discuss, in various character and concept
>entries, the evolution of the figure of the male detective, the evolution of
>the fictional female detective, and the 19th century precursors to modern
>hardboiled fiction. There are over 80 detective characters covered, American
>British, French, German, and Chinese. I think even experts will be surprised
>at some of the things I've uncovered, esp. in the Lady Detectives entry.
>The publisher's site for the book is here:

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