The Golden Age of Mystery Fiction: Soft-Boiled and Hard-Boiled (Virtual)

Wednesday, February 8, 2023-Wednesday, March 8, 2023

6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Five Sessions


The registration period has closed for this event.

Course Description
Mystery fiction (aka detective or crime fiction) of the early 20th century is often divided into British soft-boiled whodunnits and American hard-boiled detective fiction. Both these types of literature became enormously popular across social strata. They also generated (and continue to generate) material for film and television.

Indeed, the interwar period between World War I and World War II is known as the Golden Age of soft-boiled mystery writers: Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Margery Allingham, and Ngaio Marsh. The same period became the era of film noir, drawing on the hard-boiled detective novels of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.

In this class, we will read and discuss selected examples of both modes in the context of the interwar and war periods, which will allow us to explore the role of popular culture in both exposing and containing societal anxieties and aspirations.
Five Sessions: $205/$184.50. Led by Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch

Registration Fees

Registration is $205

We offer a 10% discount to seniors, students, and members of the Newberry (Associates at the Author level and above).

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The Adult Education is available Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Email is the best form of contact: You can also reach us by phone at 312-255-3700. Please allow 24-48 business hours for a response.