Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: 165 years ago today

From: Anthony Dauer (
Date: 20 Apr 2006

It excludes a great deal of material that isn't detective fiction. Yours is too watered down for me.

On 4/20/06, Jess Nevins <> wrote:

> If your definition of "detective" is "character whose primary focus
> is solving crimes, who is the central character in a work of fiction
> whose focus is on a crime and its solution," then, yes, he's the
> first "actual" detective. I think that definition is not particularly
> useful, however, since it excludes a great deal of material which
> should be taken into account when describing the evolution and
> history of the detective genre. It's too simplistic, for my tastes.

Anthony Dauer
Alexandria, Virginia

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