Джозеф Смит Флетчер

Быстро поднявшийся на волне популярности детектива Джозеф Смит Флетчер, был также быстро забыт читателями и критиками.

Биография

Джозеф Смит Флетчер (Joseph Smith Fletcher) родился  в Галифаксе (Йоркшир). В 18 лет отправился в Лондон в надежде стать известным писателем. Устроился работать журналистом, где почти десять лет публиковал статьи о жизни английской провинции под псевдонимом Сын земли (Son of the Soil). Позднее, когда Флетчер стал популярным писателем, в его романах продолжает появляться родной Йоркшир.

Он также является автором стихов, биографий и исторических романов, которые в сочетании с детективами на момент смерти составили 100 томное собрание сочинений. Например, за пять лет с 1920 по 1925 год он написал 17 романов о которых рецензент в Нью-Йорк Таймс написал, Каждый из романов гениален, умело построенный рассказ с отличными сюжетом и своей изюминкой, свежие с разработанными персонажами.

Несмотря на свою популярность в Англии, Флетчер был практически неизвестен в США, до момента когда президент Вудро Вильсон не признался в своей любви к произведениям этого английского автора. В 20-е годы его произведения могли соперничать с романами Эдгара Уоллеса, но волна популярности быстро схлынула. К 40-м годам большинство критиков игнорируют его романы, или отзываются о них крайне негативно.

Джулиан Саймонс признает, что у Флетчера были навыки в построении головоломок, но не было большого таланта. Китинг также отмечает два романа Джозефа Флетчера — Убийство в среднем храме (The Middle Temple Murder) и Тайна чарингского креста (The Charing Cross Mystery), оставляя остальные без внимания.

Избранная библиография

Серия о Рональде Камбервелле

Murder at Wrides Park, 1931
Murder in Four Degrees, 1931
Murder in the Squire’s Pew, 1932
Murder of the Ninth Baronet, 1932
Murder of the Only Witness, 1933
Mystery of the London Banker, 1933
Who Killed Alfred Snowe?, 1933
Murder of the Secret Agent, 1934
The Ebony Box, 1934
The Eleventh Hour, 1935
Todmanhawe Grange, 1937, вместе с Torquemada. Также издавался как (The Mill House Murder)

Детективные романы

1892-1910

Old Lattimer’s Legacy, 1892
The Death That Lurks Unseen, 1899
The Golden Spur, 1901
The Three Days’ Terror, 1901
The Investigators, 1902
The Secret Way, 1903
Marchester Royal, 1909
Hardican’s Hollow, 1910

1911-1920

The Pinfold, 1911
The Bartenstein Case, 1913
The Ransom for London, 1914
The Shadow of Ravenscliffe, 1914
The Wolves and the Lamb, 1914
The King Versus Wargrave, 1915
Lynne Court Spinney, 1916
The Annexation Society, 1916
Malvery Hold, 1917
The Rayner-Slade Amalgamation, 1917
The Amaranth Club, 1918
The Chestermarke Instinct, 1918
The Borough Treasurer, 1919
Убийство в Миддл-Темпл (The Middle Temple Murder, 1919)
The Seven Days’ Secret, 1919
The Talleyrand Maxim, 1919
The Valley of Headstrong Men, 1919
Dead Men’s Money, 1920
Exterior to the Evidence, 1920
Scarhaven Keep, 1920
The Herapath Property, 1920
The Lost Mr. Linthwaite, 1920
The Orange-Yellow Diamond, 1920
Тайны Райчестера (The Paradise Mystery, 1920)

1921-1930

The Root of All Evil, 1921
The Markenmore Mystery, 1922
In the Mayor’s Parlour, 1922
Ravensdene Court, 1922
The Heaven-Kissed Hill, 1922
The Middle of Things, 1922
Rippling Ruby, 1923
The Ambitious Lady, 1923
The Charing Cross Mystery, 1923
The Copper Box, 1923
The Million-Dollar Diamond, 1923
False Scent, 1924
The Cartwright Gardens Murder, 1924
The Kang-He Vase, 1924
The Mazaroff Mystery, 1924
The Safety Pin, 1924
The Time-Worn Town, 1924
Sea Fog, 1925
The Great Brighton Mystery, 1925
The Mill of Many Windows, 1925
The Stolen Budget, 1926
The Green Rope, 1927
The Mortover Grange Affair, 1927
The Murder in the Pallant, 1927
The Passenger to Folkestone, 1927
The Strange Case of Mr. Henry Marchmont, 1927
Cobweb Castle, 1928
The Double Chance, 1928
The Wild Oat, 1928
The Wrist Mark, 1928
The Box Hill Murder, 1929
The House in Tuesday Market, 1929
The Matheson Formula, 1929
The Secret of Secrets, 1929
The Borgia Cabinet, 1930
The Dressing Room Murder, 1930
The South Foreland Murder, 1930
The Yorkshire Moorland Murder, 1930

1931-1938

The Guarded Room, 1931
The Burma Ruby, 1932
The Grocer’s Wife, 1933
The Murder in Medora Mansions, 1933
And Sudden Death, 1938

Сборники рассказов

The Fear of the Night, 1903
The Diamonds, 1904 (also known as The Diamond Murders)
The Adventures of Archer Dawe, Sleuth-Hound, 1909 (also known as The Contents of the Coffin)
Paul Campenhaye, Specialist in Criminology, 1918 (also known as The Clue of the Artificial Eye)
The Secret of the Barbican, and Other Stories, 1924
Green Ink, and Other Stories, 1926
Safe Number Sixty-nine, and Other Stories, 1926
The Massingham Butterfly, and Other Stories, 1926
Behind the Monocle, and Other Stories, 1928
The Ravenswood Mystery, and Other Stories, 1929 (also known as The Canterbury Mystery)
The Heaven-Sent Witness, 1930
The Malachite Jar, and Other Stories, 1930 (also known as The Flamstock Mystery)
The Marrendon Mystery, and Other Stories of Crime and Detection, 1930
The Man in No. 3, and Other Stories, 1931
The Man in the Fur Coat, and Other Stories, 1932
Find the Woman, 1933
The Carrismore Ruby, and Other Stories, 1935

Художественные романы

1879-1900

The Bride of Venice, 1879
Frank Carisbroke’s Stratagem: Or, Lost and Won, 1888
Andrewlina, 1889
Mr. Spivey’s Clerk, 1890
The Winding Way, 1890
When Charles the First Was King, 1892
The Quarry Farm: A Country Tale, 1893
The Wonderful Wapentake, 1895
Where Highways Cross, 1895
At the Gate of the Fold, 1896
Mistress Spitfire, 1896
God’s Failures, 1897
The Builders, 1897 (also known as The Furnace of Youth)
The Making of Matthias, 1898
At the Blue Bell Inn, 1898
The Paths of the Prudent, 1899
Morrison’s Machine, 1900
The Harvesters, 1900

1901-1910

Bonds of Steel, 1902
The Arcadians: A Whimsicality, 1902
Anthony Everton, 1903
Lucian the Dreamer, 1903
Owd Poskitt, 1903
The Air-Ship, 1903
David March, 1904
The Pigeon’s Cave, 1904
Grand Relations, 1905
The Threshing-Floor, 1905
A Maid and Her Money, 1906
Highcroft Farm, 1906
Daniel Quayle: A Morality, 1907
Mr. Poskitt, 1907
The Harringtons of Highcroft Farm, 1907
The Queen of a Day, 1907
Mothers in Israel, 1908
The Harvest Moon, 1908
The Mantle of Ishmael, 1909

1911-1923

The Adventures of Turco Bullworthy, His Dog Shrimp, and His Friend Dick Wynyard, 1912
The Fine Air of Morning, 1912
The Golden Venture, 1912
The Town of Crooked Ways, 1912
I’d Venture All for Thee!, 1913
The Secret Cargo, 1913
Both of This Parish, 1914
The Marriage Lines, 1914
Leet Livvy, 1915
Families Repaired, 1916
The Perilous Crossways, 1917
Many Engagements, 1923

Сборники художественных рассказов

Pasquinado, 1898
From the Broad Acres: Stories Illustrative of Rural Life in York-shire, 1899
For Those Were Stirring Times!, and Other Stories, 1904
The Ivory God, and Other Stories, 1907
The Wheatstack, and Other Stories, 1909
Mr. Poskitt’s Nightcaps: Stories of a Yorkshire Farmer, 1910

Пьесы

Hearthstone Corner, pr. 1926

Сборники поэзии

The Juvenile Poems of Joseph S. Fletcher, 1879
Songs After Sunset, 1881
Early Poems, 1882
Poems, Chiefly Against Pessimism, 1893
Ballads of Revolt, 1897
Collected Verse, 1881-1931, 1931

Документальные произведения

1884-1900

Anima Christi, 1884
Deus Homo, 1887
Jesus Calls Thee!, 1887
Our Lady’s Month: A Manual of Devotion for the Month of May, 1887
A Short Life of Cardinal Newman, 1890
Through Storm and Stress: Being a History of the Remarkable Adventures of Richard Fletcher of York, 1892
The Remarkable Adventure of Walter Trelawney, 1893
The Wonderful City, 1894
Where Shall We Go for a Holiday?, 1894
In the Days of Drake, 1895
Life in Arcadia, 1896
A Picturesque History of Yorkshire, 1899-1901
Baden-Powell of Mafeking, 1900

1901-1920

The History of the St. Leger Stakes, 1776-1901, 1902
A Book About Yorkshire, 1908
The Enchanting North, 1908
Recollections of a Yorkshire Village, 1910
Nooks and Corners of Yorkshire, 1911
Memories of a Spectator, 1912
Memorials of a York-shire Parish, 1917
The Making of Modern Yorkshire, 1750-1914, 1918
Leeds, 1919
Sheffield, 1919
The Cistercians in Yorkshire, 1919
Harrogate and Knaresborough, 1920
Pontefract, 1920

1921-1932

Yorkshiremen of the Restoration, 1921
Halifax, 1923
The Life and Work of St. Wilfrid of Ripon, Apostle of Sussex, 1925
The Reformation in Northern England, 1925
The Solution of a Mystery: Documents Relative to the Murder of Roger Maidment at Ullathwaite in the County of Yorkshire in October 1899, 1932

Разное

One of His Little Ones, and Other Tales in Prose and Verse, 1888

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