Tag Archives: 1920s fiction

Unnatural Death – Dorothy L. Sayers

(Hodder e-book 2003, originally published 1927) Lord Peter Wimsey has, by the time this book opens, already gained a reputation as an amateur sleuth – two characters each refer to events following on from Whose Body? and Clouds of Witness. … Continue reading

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The Layton Court Mystery – Anthony Berkeley

(The Langtail Press e-book 2010, originally published in 1925) Like my introduction to Cyril Hare, I originally came across the work of Anthony Berkeley in an anthology, and later in a joint novel produced by members of the Detection Club, … Continue reading

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The Red House Mystery – A. A. Milne

(Vintage 2009, originally published 1922) It’s rather a surprise to realise that Milne, now known best for his Winnie-the-Pooh books, poetry for children and dramatization of The Wind in the Willows, Toad of Toad Hall, wrote a detective novel. In … Continue reading

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Babbitt – Sinclair Lewis

(Pennsylvania State University Electronic Classics 2001, originally published 1922) George F. Babbitt is a conventional man, a real estate agent in partnership with his father-in-law, living in the American city of Zenith with his wife, Myra, and children Verona, Ted … Continue reading

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Discussion – books by Dornford Yates

I’ve often tried to reason out why I enjoy Dornford Yates’s books so much, since there are things about them which I really don’t approve (Germanophobia, anti-Semitism, appalling attitudes towards the working classes, and so on) – “the school of … Continue reading

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Antic Hay – Aldous Huxley

This is one of Huxley’s early novels, published after Crome Yellow, and which takes as its subject the fevered neurotics of the 1920s, which he surveys with a mordant eye. Theodore Gumbril, bored pedagogue, is sitting in chapel one day, … Continue reading

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