Tuesday, August 20, 2013

home bodies

"What I found was that there was a whole generation of women writers, mostly working in the period between World War II and the dawn of women’s liberation in the early 1970s. They were critically acclaimed, many won Edgar awards or were made grand masters by the Mystery Writers of America. They sold very well and were published in hardcover, whereas a lot of their male counterparts, who are now considered part of the crime fiction canon or are in Library of America, they were only published in paperback. So, what happened? I wanted to know more about them.
     I was complaining to a Penguin editor about this, how these women weren’t in print anymore, and he said, 'There may be an anthology in this.'"
– Sarah Weinman in conversation with Laura Miller, Salon
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