From Ghouls to Gangsters: The Career of Arthur B. Reeve: Vol. 2


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Edited by John Locke

When journalist Arthur B. Reeve (1880-1936) turned his talents to fiction, he couldnメt have foreseen the results. His “scientific detective,” Craig Kennedy, took the world by storm in 1911. Kennedy was labeled “the American Sherlock Holmes” while Reeve quickly became the most popular American detective-story author. For the next quarter- century, Reeve worked tirelessly at the writing game. His stories were published in a variety of magazines, slick and pulp, then turned into bestselling books. His newspaper serials were read in homes across the country. He wrote hit movies; reported on the notorious crimes of the day; hosted a national radio program. He was friend to police chiefs and presidents. Kennedy appeared in print, on stage, in films, comic strips and, eventually, television. By the time of his death, Reeve–and his famous detective–were American institutions. But the astonishing breadth of his career has never been fully explored–until this two-volume set, a major advance in what has previously been known about Reeve and his works.

Volume 2 consists of nonfiction material by and about Reeve. Included is a 40-page narrative describing Reeveメs fascinating career; articles by Reeve on crime solution, detective fiction, and his career; a 75-page guide to Reeveメs work, covering his magazine and newspaper appearances, film credits, stage, radio, books, comic strips, and more; an extensive Art Gallery featuring cover reproductions, interior illustrations, cartoons, ads, and ephemera; and complete bibliography and index.

  • 7×10
  • 264 pages
  • Published: 11/07
  • Off Trail Publications

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Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 7 × .6 in