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Literary Parlor: The Big Bow Mystery

January 20, 2019 1:30-3 PM
at Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

Join bibliophile, Kate Howe, to discuss Israel Zangwill’s 1891 book, The Big Bow Mystery, which marked a turning point in detective fiction. Sealed-room mysteries had appeared before, but this inventive tale offered a novel exploitation of the genre’s puzzling possibilities. The 1891 publication was serialized in the London Star, a tabloid notorious for its sensational coverage of the Jack the Ripper murders. Between installments, Zangwill engaged in a lively dialogue with his readers, who proposed solutions to the crime (none of them correct). As Publishers Weekly noted, “With a sardonic style and vivid, Dickensian characterizations of Victorian-era London, Zangwill still appeals to contemporary readers.” Cost: $15 

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