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y The Mystery of a Hansom Cab single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 1886 1886
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'Set in the charming and deadly streets of Melbourne, this vivid and brilliantly plotted murder thriller tells the story of a crime committed by an unknown assassin. With its panoramic depiction of a bustling yet uneasy city, Hansom Cab has a central place in Australian literary history and, more importantly, it remains highly readable. ' (Publication summary)

Adaptations

The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Fergus Hume , Arthur Law , 1888 single work drama
The Mystery of a Hansom Cab aka Midnight Melbourne George Darrell , 1888 single work drama

Stage version of Fergus Hume's novel of the same name.

form y The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Australia : Amalgamated Pictures , 1911 Z824955 1911 single work film/TV detective crime Based on Fergus Hume's popular 1886 novel, the story begins with the murder of a playboy, Oliver White, who is on his way home late one night in a hansom cab. The various scenes are then played out in front of well-known Melbourne landmarks, including the Orient Hotel, the Melbourne Club, the St Kilda Esplanade, Melbourne Gaol, and several prominent St Kilda homes.
form y The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Eliot Stannard , United Kingdom (UK) : British & Colonial Kinematograph Company , 1915 6612492 1915 single work film/TV crime detective

British adaptation of Fergus Hume's novel.

form y The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Arthur Shirley , Australia : Pyramid Pictures , 1925 6336151 1925 single work film/TV crime mystery

The second Australian film based on Fergus Hume's best-selling novel; the first had been released in 1911. (A British film had also been made in 1915.)

y The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Michael Hardwick , United Kingdom (UK) : British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) , 1950 Z824957 1950 single work radio play

BBC radio adaptation of Fergus Hume's novel.

y The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Bruce Stewart , United Kingdom (UK) : British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) , 1958 6613096 1958 series - publisher radio play detective crime

The second of two BBC radio adaptations of Fergus Hume's novel.

For episode titles, broadcast dates, and synopses, see Notes.

y The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Barry Pree , 1961 Z824963 1961 single work musical theatre Play with music.
form y The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Glen Dolman , Australia : Burberry Productions , 2012 Z1872562 2012 single work film/TV crime

'The Mystery of a Hansom Cab is a tightly plotted murder thriller, a massive best seller that was a forerunner to Sherlock Holmes. As much a study of sophisticated 19th century Melbourne as it is of its captivating characters, The Mystery of a Hansom Cab is a compelling telemovie with a surprise ending that no-one will guess.'

Source: Burberry Productions website, http://www.burberry.com.au/
Sighted: 09/07/2012

Notes

  • Also available as a sound recording and in large print format. Study notes available.
  • A 1917 animated film, made in the US and titled The Great Hansom Cab Mystery, is sometimes said to be an adaptation of Hume's novel, but this cannot be verified.
  • Dedication:

    To

    James Payne,

    Novelist,

    This Story

    is

    Dedicated,

    In Grateful Acknowledgement of

    His Kind Encouragement to

    The Author

Contents

* Contents derived from the Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 1999 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Fergus Hume's Startling Story, Simon Caterson , 1886-1999 single work criticism (p. v-xiv)
* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,: Sydney University Press , 2010 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Introduction : The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, Robert Dixon , 1886-2010 single work criticism (p. i-xiv)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Hansom Cab Co. , 1887 .
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      Alternative title: The Mystery of a Hansom Cab : A Startling and Realistic Story of Melbourne Social Life
      Extent: 230p.
      Note/s:
      • Written as Fergus W. Hume
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Worthington Company , 1889 .
      Extent: 284p.
      Edition info: Franklin ed.
      Note/s:
      • Written as Fergus W. Hume.
    • Cleveland, Ohio,
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Arthur Westbrook , 1890 .
      Extent: 246p.
      Note/s:
      • Written as F. W. Hume.
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      J. W. Lovell , 1890-1899 .
      Alternative title: The Mystery of a Hansom Cab : A Startling and Realistic Story of Melbourne Social Life
      Extent: 240p.
      Edition info: Caxton ed.
      Note/s:
      • Written as Fergus W. Hume.
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Trischler , 1891 .
      Extent: 231p.
      Note/s:
      • Written as Fergus W. Hume.
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Jarrold , 1896 .
      Extent: 322p.
      Edition info: Rev. ed.
      Reprinted: 1890-1899 With preface and illustrations.
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Pearson , 1908 .
      Alternative title: The Mystery of a Hansom Cab : A Startling and Realistic Story of Melbourne Social Life
      Extent: 122p.
      Edition info: Pearson's sixpenny novels
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Arrow Books , 1959 .
      Extent: 224p.
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Sun Books , 1971 .
      Extent: 224p.
      ISBN: 0725101172
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Arno Press , 1976 .
      Extent: 322p.
      Note/s:
      • Written as Fergus Wright Hume.
      ISBN: 0405078781
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Remploy , 1980 .
      Extent: 224p.
      ISBN: 070660864X
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Dover , 1982 .
      Extent: 254p.
      ISBN: 0486219569 (pbk.)
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Hogarth Press , 1985 .
      Extent: 224p.
      ISBN: 0701210133 (pbk.)
    • Stepney, Norwood, Payneham & St Peters area, Adelaide - North / North East, Adelaide, South Australia,: Axiom , 2001 .
      Extent: 224p.
      ISBN: 1864760702
      Series: Australian Experience Axiom (publisher), series - publisher
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2001 .
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      Extent: xiv, 309p.p.
      Edition info: New ed.
      ISBN: 1877008001
    • Rowville, Ferntree Gully area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Five Mile Press , 2005 .
      Extent: 261p.
      ISBN: 1741244285
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2012 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: xviii, 410p.p.
      Note/s:
      ISBN: 9781921922220 (pbk.)
      Series: y Text Classics Text Publishing (publisher), Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2012- Z1851461 2012 series - publisher novel 'Great books by great Australian storytellers.' (Text website.)
Alternative title: En Brottmalshistoria. Skildring Ur Australiens Hogre Sallskapslif
Language: Swedish

Works about this Work

The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, the Classic Adaptation and the Australian Canon Chris Louttit , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Adaptation , March vol. 9 no. 1 2016; (p. 58-67)
'Since it burst onto the literary scene in 1886, the reception history of Fergus Hume’s The Mystery of a Hansom Cab has been uneven. Initially a huge success with readers, the text also strongly influenced Australian crime fiction in the 1880s and 1890s. As the twentieth century wore on, however, its critical reputation fell away, only to re-cover more recently as attention returned to popular crime fiction. As a result, the novel might not seem an obvious, straightforwardly canonical, source for a major adaptation produced by the national broadcaster. This essay argues, however, that as a text poised between the classifications of ‘popular bestseller’ and ‘classic’, The Mystery of a Hansom Cab was a surprisingly attractive proposition as a new classic adaptation for the adapters who produced it for the ABC in 2012. The essay explains why this was the case, analysing the meanings and effects of the telemovie in relation to several different frames, including recent developments in the contextualisation of the classic adaptation genre, the production context of Australian television drama in this period, and other generically similar historical series screened just before it. In this particular case study, the adaptation’s relationship with these cultural and generic networks is shown to be more significant than the status of the source text.' (Publication extract)
Towards a Genealogy of Minor Colonial Australian Character Types Ken Gelder , Rachael Weaver , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Interventions : International Journal of Postcolonial Studies , January vol. 17 no. 2 2015; (p. 211-228)
y Blockbuster! : Fergus Hume and the Mystery of a Hansom Cab Lucy Sussex , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2015 8540074 2015 single work biography

'Before there was Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, there was Fergus Hume’s The Mystery of a Hansom Cab—the biggest- and fastest-selling detective novel of the 1800s, and Australia’s first literary blockbuster.

'Fergus Hume was an aspiring playwright when he moved from Dunedin to Melbourne in 1885. He wrote The Mystery of a Hansom Cab with the humble hope of bringing his name to the attention of theatre managers. The book sold out its first run almost instantly and it became a runaway word-of-mouth phenomenon—but its author sold the copyright for a mere fifty pounds, missing out on a potential fortune.

'Blockbuster! is the engrossing story of a book that would help define the genre of crime fiction, and a portrait of a great city in full bloom. Rigorously researched and full of arresting detail, this captivating book is a must-read for all fans of true crime, history and crime fiction alike.' (Publication summary)

Australia’s First Literary Sensation Simon Caterson , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 27-28 June 2015; (p. 30) The Sydney Morning Herald , 27-28 June 2015; (p. 30)

— Review of Blockbuster! : Fergus Hume and the Mystery of a Hansom Cab Lucy Sussex 2015 single work biography ; The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Fergus Hume 1886 single work novel
Review of The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume Jennifer Osborn , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , November vol. 7 no. 1 2014;

— Review of The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Fergus Hume 1886 single work novel
Antipodean Romance, Crime and Sensation : Australian Popular Fiction in British and American Markets 1890-1925 David Carter , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Scenes of Reading : Is Australian Literature a World Literature? 2013; (p. 86-100)

'In this essay, I want to look back to an earlier period in the history of the international bestseller, when the modern genre system emerged in the Anglosphere. In particular, I want to trace the participation of Australian writers in this moment, focusing on their presence in the transatlantic book trade and their movement from Australia to Britain and the United States, and sometimes back again. 'Australian literature', in this view, was international (and not merely imperial) before it was ever national' (p. 86).

The Mystery of a Hansom Cab : Locating Status Anxiety within the 'Colonial Ware' Helen Machalias , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 13 no. 3 2013;

'The Melbourne of Fergus Hume's The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (1886) represented the realisation of the dreams of the hopeful men who had emigrated to the city in the 1850s hoping for an educated literary minded populace (Stewart 1975: 129). Hume's bestseller novel reflects the literary culture of the time, simultaneously defined by a consciousness of distance from the centre and an awareness of a burgeoning national culture. Alongside the murders and intrigue of the plot, the novel is dominated by

allusions to popular genre fiction and Victorian novelists, as well as mythical, biblical and classical references that result in the impression that Melbourne is not only a peripheral city, but lacks any discernable sense of identity.

Beginning with an account of Hume's citational style and its relation to the problems of writing in the colony for both local and international readerships, this article draws comparisons between Hume's and Marcus Clarke's work, analysing Hume's attempted filiation with a crime genealogy, his allusion to contemporary cultural events in Melbourne and how Hume's tastes and cultural values betray a colonial anxiety about Australia's relation to established literary traditions. Ultimately, these citations become increasingly self-conscious, and the construction of Melbourne as a cosmopolitan metropolis undertaken by Hume is ultimately undercut by admissions that the colony appears to be resistant to high culture.

'Beginning with an account of Hume's citational style and its relation to the problems of writing in the colony for both local and international readerships, this article draws comparisons between Hume's and Marcus Clarke's work, analysing Hume's attempted filiation with a crime genealogy, his allusion to contemporary cultural events in Melbourne and how Hume's tastes and cultural values betray a colonial anxiety about Australia's relation to established literary traditions. Ultimately, these citations become increasingly self-conscious, and the construction of Melbourne as a cosmopolitan metropolis undertaken by Hume is ultimately undercut by admissions that the colony appears to be resistant to high culture.' (Publication abstract))

Issues of Class and Gender in Australian Crime Fiction : From the 1950s to Today Rachel Franks , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sold by the Millions : Australia's Bestsellers 2012; (p. 96-111)
In this chapter, Rachel Franks notes ‘‘Australian crime fiction writers imported many types of crime fiction from Britain, including the gothic mystery and the Newgate novel, and from America, including the locked room mystery and the spy story.’ She observes how Australian crime fiction has changed along with the ‘societies that produce it.’ She concludes that for Australian crime fiction to be attractive to mass market and an assured popularity, Australian crime fiction writers must respond ‘to the changing demands of their readers,’ and ‘continue to develop the genre with increasingly sophisticated stories about murderers and those who bring them to justice.’ (Editor’s foreword xii)
Whodunit Gets a Shot at TV Amanda Dunn , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 6 May 2012; (p. 8)
Dunn notes the commencement of shooting of a new ABC tele-movie based on Hume's novel
Melbourne by the Book John Bailey , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 12 August 2012; (p. 8-9)
Untitled Ruby Murray , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Lifted Brow , no. 14 2012; (p. 27)

— Review of The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Fergus Hume 1886 single work novel
y Sensational Melbourne : Reading, Sensation Fiction and 'Lady Audley's Secret' in the Victorian Metropolis Susan K. Martin , Kylie Mirmohamadi , North Melbourne : Australian Scholarly Publishing , 2011 Z1802540 2011 single work criticism 'Colonial Melbournians were mad about Sensation fiction - full of thrills and scandal; divorce, bigamy, mistaken identity and murder. Sensational Melbourne takes us through the libraries, the shops, the tramways, the theatres, the back lanes and the drawing rooms of Marvelous Melbourne, and shows how the city was built on words as much as gold. It traces the passage of the most popular novel of the nineteenth century, Lady Audley's Secret, from England to Melbourne's port and through the cultural byways of Melbourne out through the suburbs, and into Australian literature.' -- Back cover.
Transpacific or Transatlantic Traffic? Australian Books and American Publishers David Carter , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Across the Pacific : Australia-United States Intellectual Histories 2010; (p. 339-359)
'This paper will attempt to describe the determining factors and structural patterns of relations between Australian books and American publishers from the 19th century to the present. Its central question will be: how did 'Australian books' find their way to American publishers? Can we discern any distinctive patterns over time or for particular genres, or simply an accumulation of one-off cases? To what extent, if at all, did the traffic in Australian books depend on cultural symmetries? Did Australian books travel as Australian or British books? In what ways were they dependent upon relations between Australian (or British) publishers or literary agents and their American counterparts? What role did international copyright regimes or trade agreements play? And how might the American connection change our understanding of 'Australian literature'?' (Author's abstract)
Crime Scenes : The Importance of Place in Australian Crime Fiction Michael X. Savvas , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journeying and Journalling : Creative and Critical Meditations on Travel Writing 2010; (p. 204-213)
'There are eight million stories about crime fiction. And this is one of them. There are two main ways in which writers use place in crime fiction. The first way is to use place to help create a certain mood and atmosphere. The second way is to use the geographical or physical features of a place imaginatively as a plot device. Sometimes the journeys that are made by characters in crime fiction serve to remind us as readers of these two major devices. Although historically a lot of Australian crime fiction has not focused on place in terms of setting, this is changing as Australia continues to change. (Author's introduction, 204)
Firing the Canon Lyn Gallacher , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 December 2009; (p. 16-17)
Lyn Gallacher reflects on her choice of the five novels that featured in ABC Radio National's Five Classic Australian Novels.
Murder Mystery Abides Philip O'Brien , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 26 April 2009; (p. 22)

— Review of The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Fergus Hume 1886 single work novel
White Settlers/Big City : Mimicry and the Metropolis in Fergus Hume's The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Mark Kipperman , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 22 no. 2 2008; (p. 129-136)
The article examines the representation of colonial metropolitan and suburban Melbourne in Hume's novel. The author argues that the novel 'changes the way the white colony of Australia could be imagined, or romanced, at the imperial center' (129).
The Real Sensation of 1887: Fergus Hume and The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Christopher Pittard , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Clues : A Journal of Detection , vol. 26 no. 1 2008; (p. 37-48)
In Short : Fiction Michael McGirr , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28-29 January 2006; (p. 22)

— Review of The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Fergus Hume 1886 single work novel
Reflecting the Detectives : Crime Fiction and the New Journalism in Late Nineteenth-Century Australia Rachael Weaver , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 22 no. 1 2005; (p. 61-72)
Examines patterns in the relationship between newspaper accounts of sensational crimes and crime fiction published in the late 1880s.
In Short : Fiction Michael McGirr , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28-29 January 2006; (p. 22)

— Review of The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Fergus Hume 1886 single work novel
Murder Mystery Abides Philip O'Brien , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 26 April 2009; (p. 22)

— Review of The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Fergus Hume 1886 single work novel
The Author of 'Madame Midas' 1888 single work review
— Appears in: Illustrated London News , 6 October 1888; (p. 410)

— Review of Madame Midas : A Realistic and Sensational Story of Australian Mining Life Fergus Hume 1888 single work novel ; The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Fergus Hume 1886 single work novel
Untitled Ruby Murray , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Lifted Brow , no. 14 2012; (p. 27)

— Review of The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Fergus Hume 1886 single work novel
Reading Melbourne Peter Craven , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 23 April 1995; (p. 8)

— Review of Take Me to Paris, Johnny John Foster 1993 single work autobiography ; The Cardboard Crown Martin Boyd 1952 single work novel ; The Getting of Wisdom Henry Handel Richardson 1910 single work novel ; The Nightmarkets : A Novel Alan Wearne 1986 sequence novel ; The Life and Death of Sandy Stone Barry Humphries 1990 single work drama ; The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Fergus Hume 1886 single work novel
First Real Thriller H. A. Lindsay , 1960 single work review
— Appears in: The Observer , 28 May vol. 3 no. 11 1960; (p. 26)

— Review of The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Fergus Hume 1886 single work novel
Mystery in Old St Kilda Ray Davie , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 21 December 1985; (p. 8)

— Review of The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Fergus Hume 1886 single work novel
Coming Soon 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 7 February 1999; (p. 21)

— Review of The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Fergus Hume 1886 single work novel
A Handsome Mystery Tested by Time Chris Brice , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 6 March 1999; (p. 25)

— Review of The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Fergus Hume 1886 single work novel
A New Edition of the 19th Century's Best-Selling Whodunit Jeff Popple , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times Sunday Times , 4 April 1999; (p. 18)

— Review of The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Fergus Hume 1886 single work novel
Brought to Book Vane Lindesay , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 158 2000; (p. 118-120)

— Review of The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Fergus Hume 1886 single work novel
Review of The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume Jennifer Osborn , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , November vol. 7 no. 1 2014;

— Review of The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Fergus Hume 1886 single work novel
Australia’s First Literary Sensation Simon Caterson , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 27-28 June 2015; (p. 30) The Sydney Morning Herald , 27-28 June 2015; (p. 30)

— Review of Blockbuster! : Fergus Hume and the Mystery of a Hansom Cab Lucy Sussex 2015 single work biography ; The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Fergus Hume 1886 single work novel
Past Masters of Future Wrongs Michael Pollak , Margaret MacNabb , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 6-7 September 2003; (p. 2-3)
Reflecting the Detectives : Crime Fiction and the New Journalism in Late Nineteenth-Century Australia Rachael Weaver , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 22 no. 1 2005; (p. 61-72)
Examines patterns in the relationship between newspaper accounts of sensational crimes and crime fiction published in the late 1880s.
Death of Fergus Hume 1932 single work obituary (for Fergus Hume )
— Appears in: All About Books , 12 September vol. 4 no. 9 1932; (p. 143)
Popular Reading Taste During the Century 1935 single work prose
— Appears in: All About Books , 12 April vol. 7 no. 4 1935; (p. 63-64)
Some Early Australian Novels Valuable 1936 single work column
— Appears in: All About Books , 13 January vol. 8 no. 1 1936; (p. 9)
White Settlers/Big City : Mimicry and the Metropolis in Fergus Hume's The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Mark Kipperman , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 22 no. 2 2008; (p. 129-136)
The article examines the representation of colonial metropolitan and suburban Melbourne in Hume's novel. The author argues that the novel 'changes the way the white colony of Australia could be imagined, or romanced, at the imperial center' (129).
The Real Sensation of 1887: Fergus Hume and The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Christopher Pittard , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Clues : A Journal of Detection , vol. 26 no. 1 2008; (p. 37-48)
Firing the Canon Lyn Gallacher , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 December 2009; (p. 16-17)
Lyn Gallacher reflects on her choice of the five novels that featured in ABC Radio National's Five Classic Australian Novels.
Transpacific or Transatlantic Traffic? Australian Books and American Publishers David Carter , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Across the Pacific : Australia-United States Intellectual Histories 2010; (p. 339-359)
'This paper will attempt to describe the determining factors and structural patterns of relations between Australian books and American publishers from the 19th century to the present. Its central question will be: how did 'Australian books' find their way to American publishers? Can we discern any distinctive patterns over time or for particular genres, or simply an accumulation of one-off cases? To what extent, if at all, did the traffic in Australian books depend on cultural symmetries? Did Australian books travel as Australian or British books? In what ways were they dependent upon relations between Australian (or British) publishers or literary agents and their American counterparts? What role did international copyright regimes or trade agreements play? And how might the American connection change our understanding of 'Australian literature'?' (Author's abstract)
Introduction : The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Robert Dixon , 1886-2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Mystery of a Hansom Cab 2010; (p. i-xiv)
Murder Down Under : The Contribution of British Authors Philip Scowcroft , 2004-2005 single work column
— Appears in: Mystery Readers Journal , Winter vol. 20 no. 4 2004-2005; (p. 52-53)
The Reader Investigates : Images of Crime in the Colonial City Christa Ludlow , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Continuum : The Australian Journal of Media & Culture , vol. 7 no. 2 1994;
y Sensational Melbourne : Reading, Sensation Fiction and 'Lady Audley's Secret' in the Victorian Metropolis Susan K. Martin , Kylie Mirmohamadi , North Melbourne : Australian Scholarly Publishing , 2011 Z1802540 2011 single work criticism 'Colonial Melbournians were mad about Sensation fiction - full of thrills and scandal; divorce, bigamy, mistaken identity and murder. Sensational Melbourne takes us through the libraries, the shops, the tramways, the theatres, the back lanes and the drawing rooms of Marvelous Melbourne, and shows how the city was built on words as much as gold. It traces the passage of the most popular novel of the nineteenth century, Lady Audley's Secret, from England to Melbourne's port and through the cultural byways of Melbourne out through the suburbs, and into Australian literature.' -- Back cover.
Issues of Class and Gender in Australian Crime Fiction : From the 1950s to Today Rachel Franks , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sold by the Millions : Australia's Bestsellers 2012; (p. 96-111)
In this chapter, Rachel Franks notes ‘‘Australian crime fiction writers imported many types of crime fiction from Britain, including the gothic mystery and the Newgate novel, and from America, including the locked room mystery and the spy story.’ She observes how Australian crime fiction has changed along with the ‘societies that produce it.’ She concludes that for Australian crime fiction to be attractive to mass market and an assured popularity, Australian crime fiction writers must respond ‘to the changing demands of their readers,’ and ‘continue to develop the genre with increasingly sophisticated stories about murderers and those who bring them to justice.’ (Editor’s foreword xii)
Whodunit Gets a Shot at TV Amanda Dunn , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 6 May 2012; (p. 8)
Dunn notes the commencement of shooting of a new ABC tele-movie based on Hume's novel
Crime Scenes : The Importance of Place in Australian Crime Fiction Michael X. Savvas , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journeying and Journalling : Creative and Critical Meditations on Travel Writing 2010; (p. 204-213)
'There are eight million stories about crime fiction. And this is one of them. There are two main ways in which writers use place in crime fiction. The first way is to use place to help create a certain mood and atmosphere. The second way is to use the geographical or physical features of a place imaginatively as a plot device. Sometimes the journeys that are made by characters in crime fiction serve to remind us as readers of these two major devices. Although historically a lot of Australian crime fiction has not focused on place in terms of setting, this is changing as Australia continues to change. (Author's introduction, 204)
Melbourne by the Book John Bailey , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 12 August 2012; (p. 8-9)
Hansom Cab Eric Irvin , 1977 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Quadrant , June vol. 21 no. 6 1977; (p. 39)
City with a Past Larry Schwartz , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 27 February 1999; (p. 7)
Closing the Can of Worms : Enactments of Justice in Bleak House, The Mystery of a Hansom Cab and The Tax Inspector Robert Dixon , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , Summer vol. 37 no. 4 1992; (p. 37-45)
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