|About the Book|
Between 1929 and 1988, American mystery writer Mignon Good Eberhart wrote fifty-nine mystery novels, at least as many short stories, and served a term as president and Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America. This study of Eberharts life and work considers the influence of her childhood in Nebraska, her marriage and frequent travels, and her various professional and personal contacts in Chicago and on the East Coast. Eberharts friendships with well-known literary figures, including mystery and romance authors, provide a fascinating glimpse into the social matrix of a bygone publishing world. Eberharts experiences with Hollywood and Broadway show how the mystery genre, and writer, were transformed in an alternate medium. Leading womens magazines of the day also sought Eberharts talent and inevitably transformed her writing. Eberharts novels and correspondence provide insight into the social mores of her day, in particular about womens friendships, repressed sexuality, and closeted homosexuality. Those interested in cultural studies, womens studies, and twentieth-century popular literature will find this book valuable. Rick Cypert is a professor of English at Nebraska Wesleyan University.