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The Mystery to a Solution, Poe, Borges, and the Analytic Detective Story

Irwin, John T.

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ISBN 10: 0801846501 / ISBN 13: 9780801846502
Published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994
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Examines the deeper significance of the genre Poe created and Borges reinterpretation of the genre with three detective stories of his own. Pursues areas underlying the genre such as the history of mathematics, classical mythology, the structure of chess, the mind-body problem, the etymology of 'labyrinth', and scores of other topics. Three b&w photo illustrations of Borges: at Poe's tomb, with a raven, and playing chess. Notes. Index. xxiii, 481 pp. Fine Hardcover in full black cloth w/ Fine dj. Bookseller Inventory # 1165

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Title: The Mystery to a Solution, Poe, Borges, and ...

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

Book Type: University Press

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In The Mystery to a Solution, John Irwin brilliantly examines the deeper significance of the analytical detective genre which Poe created and the meaning of Borges' efforts to "double" the genre's origins one hundred years later. Combining history, literary history, and practical and speculative criticism, Irwin pursues the issues underlying the detective story into areas as various as the history of mathematics, classical mythology, the double-mirror structure of self-consciousness, the anthropology of Evans and Frazer, the structure of chess, the mind-body problem, the etymology of the word labyrinth, and dozens of other topics. Irwin mirrors the aesthetic impact of the genre by creating in his study the dynamics of a detective story--the uncovering of mysteries, the accumulation of evidence, the tracing of clues, and the final solution that ties it all together.

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John Irwin brilliantly examines the deeper significance of the analytical detective genre which Poe created and the meaning of Borge's efforts to 'double' the genre's origins one hundred years later.

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