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Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876–1958)

Auteur van The Circular Staircase

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Mary Roberts Rinehart was born in the City of Allegheny, Pennsylvania on August 12, 1876. While attending Allegheny High School, she received $1 each for three short stories from a Pittsburgh newspaper. After receiving inspiration from a town doctor who happened to be a woman, she developed a toon meer curiosity for medicine. She went on to study nursing at the Pittsburgh Training School for Nurses at Homeopathic Hospital. After graduating in 1896, she began her writing career. The first of her many mystery stories, The Circular Staircase (1908), established her as a leading writer of the genre; Rinehart and Avery Hopwood successfully dramatized the novel as The Bat (1920). Her other mystery novels include The Man in Lower Ten (1909), The Case of Jennie Brice (1914), The Red Lamp (1925), The Door (1930), The Yellow Room (1945), and The Swimming Pool (1952). Stories about Tish, a self-reliant spinster, first appeared in the Saturday Evening Post and were collected into The Best of Tish (1955). She wrote more than 50 books, eight plays, hundreds of short stories, poems, travelogues and special articles. Three of her plays were running on Broadway at one time. During World War I, she was the first woman war correspondent at the Belgian front. She died September 22, 1958 at the age of 82. (Bowker Author Biography) toon minder
Fotografie: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress)


Werken van Mary Roberts Rinehart

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The Man in Lower Ten (1906) 386 exemplaren, 17 besprekingen
The Yellow Room (1945) 316 exemplaren, 10 besprekingen
The Bat (1926) 303 exemplaren, 7 besprekingen
The Window at the White Cat (1910) 269 exemplaren, 5 besprekingen
The Case of Jennie Brice (1912) 262 exemplaren, 7 besprekingen
Miss Pinkerton (1932) 241 exemplaren, 5 besprekingen
The Wall (1938) 234 exemplaren, 2 besprekingen
The Door (1930) 224 exemplaren, 6 besprekingen
The After House (1913) 216 exemplaren, 3 besprekingen
The Red Lamp (1925) 212 exemplaren, 5 besprekingen
The Album (1933) 207 exemplaren, 4 besprekingen
The Swimming Pool (1952) 202 exemplaren, 1 bespreking
The Great Mistake (1940) 190 exemplaren, 1 bespreking
Miss Pinkerton, detective (1942) 189 exemplaren, 10 besprekingen
The Breaking Point (1921) 155 exemplaren, 7 besprekingen
Episode of the Wandering Knife (1950) 153 exemplaren, 2 besprekingen
The Amazing Interlude (1918) 122 exemplaren, 4 besprekingen
The Frightened Wife and Other Murder Stories (1953) 116 exemplaren, 2 besprekingen
Dangerous Days (1919) 108 exemplaren, 3 besprekingen
The Street of Seven Stars (1914) 103 exemplaren, 4 besprekingen
The State vs. Elinor Norton (1934) 98 exemplaren
Alibi for Isabel and Other Stories (1944) 94 exemplaren, 2 besprekingen
Tish: The Chronicle of Her Escapades and Excursions (1916) 94 exemplaren, 3 besprekingen
K. (1915) 94 exemplaren, 4 besprekingen
Miss Pinkerton: Adventures of a Nurse Detective (1914) 88 exemplaren, 1 bespreking
The Confession / Sight Unseen (1921) 86 exemplaren, 1 bespreking
Bab: A Sub-Deb (1916) 84 exemplaren, 1 bespreking
When a Man Marries (1909) 81 exemplaren, 4 besprekingen
Lost Ecstasy (1927) 81 exemplaren
The Confession (1917) 59 exemplaren
A Poor Wise Man (1920) 58 exemplaren, 1 bespreking
Where There's a Will (1912) 58 exemplaren
A Light in the Window (1948) 56 exemplaren
Sight Unseen (1916) 54 exemplaren
Long Live the King! (1912) 50 exemplaren, 3 besprekingen
More Tish (1921) 41 exemplaren
The Doctor (1936) 39 exemplaren
This Strange Adventure (1929) 36 exemplaren, 1 bespreking
Through Glacier Park (1916) 34 exemplaren, 1 bespreking
Love Stories (1919) 34 exemplaren
Married People (1937) 29 exemplaren
Tish Plays the Game (1926) 29 exemplaren
Tenting To-night (1917) 29 exemplaren, 1 bespreking
The Amazing Adventures of Letitia Carberry (1911) 26 exemplaren, 1 bespreking
Two Flights Up (1928) 25 exemplaren
The Truce of God (1920) — Auteur — 24 exemplaren, 1 bespreking
My Story (1931) 21 exemplaren
Tish Marches On (1937) 20 exemplaren
Affinities and Other Stories (1920) 17 exemplaren
Locked Doors (1914) 17 exemplaren, 1 bespreking
The Out Trail (1923) 11 exemplaren
The Book of Tish (1926) 9 exemplaren
Temperamental People (1924) 8 exemplaren
The Buckled Bag (1914) 8 exemplaren
Nomad's Land (1926) 7 exemplaren
Affinities (1920) 6 exemplaren
The Romantics (1929) 5 exemplaren
The Altar of Freedom (1916) 4 exemplaren
The Greatest Murder Mysteries (2018) 3 exemplaren
La escalera de caracol (2011) 2 exemplaren
Alibi for Isabel {short story} (1944) 2 exemplaren
Mind Over Motor (1941) 2 exemplaren
The Scandal (1950) 2 exemplaren
Writing Is Work (1939) 2 exemplaren, 1 bespreking
Bab: a sub-dub 2 exemplaren
Murder and the South Wind (1945) 2 exemplaren
The Burned Chair (1953) 2 exemplaren
Amazing Interlude (1918) 1 exemplaar
Things I Can't Explain (1950) 1 exemplaar
The After House [annotated] (2022) 1 exemplaar
The Broken Quarantine (1906) 1 exemplaar
Tish and More Tish (2013) 1 exemplaar
The Lipstick (1942) 1 exemplaar
The Butler's Christmas Eve (1944) 1 exemplaar
The Cave on Thundercloud (1912) 1 exemplaar
The Curve of the Catenary (1944) 1 exemplaar
Salvage (1919) 1 exemplaar
Lightning Never Strikes Twice (1924) 1 exemplaar

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Algemene kennis

Officiële naam
Roberts, Mary Ella (born)
Pseudoniemen en naamsvarianten
Roberts, Mary R.
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, USA
Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, USA
Plaats van overlijden
New York, New York, USA
Washington, D.C., USA
Bar Harbor, Maine, USA
New York, New York, USA
Pittsburgh Training School for Nurses (1896)
mystery novelist
war correspondent
travel writer
short story writer
Rinehart, Stanley Marshall, Jr. (son)
Rinehart, Alan Gillespie (son)
Rinehart, Frederick Roberts (son)
Prijzen en onderscheidingen
Honorary Doctorate (Literature | George Washington University | 1923)
Mystery Writers of America Special Award (1954)
Korte biografie
Mary Roberts Rinehart was a best-selling mystery writer of the "Golden Age" who was as well-known (if not better known) than Agatha Christie, to whom she's often compared. Critics praised the careful plotting of her novels. She's credited with originating the "had-I-but-known" literary school of mystery writing. Typically, the narrator digresses over the things she might have done to prevent the novel’s numerous murders, had she only been able to see the dire consequences of her inaction or failure to report information to the police. Dorothy B. Hughes, crime critic and novelist, says Rinehart "has been and continues to be the most important American woman mystery writer." She was born Mary Ella Roberts in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, which has been a part of the city of Pittsburgh since 1907. She attended public schools and graduated at the age of 16, then enrolling at the Pittsburgh Training School for Nurses at Homeopathic Hospital, where she graduated in 1896. She married Stanley Marshall Rinehart, a physician with whom she had four children. During the stock market crash of 1903, Rinehart and her husband lost their savings, and this spurred her efforts at writing to earn income. In 1907, she wrote The Circular Staircase, the novel that launched her to national fame. She wrote hundreds of short stories, poems, travelogues and special articles. Many of her books and plays were adapted for movies. Her regular contributions to the Saturday Evening Post were immensely popular and helped the magazine mold American middle-class taste and manners. She often pursued adventure, including taking a job as the first woman war correspondent at the Belgian front during World War I. While many of her books were best-sellers, critics were most appreciative of her murder mysteries. She also coined the famous phrase, "The butler did it." (retrieved from Amazon 1/30/2011).



A very readable and charming Ruritanian tale. The story takes place in the small fictional kingdom of Livonia. The king is very old and ill, and since his son was killed years ago in a terrorist attack, the next in line for the throne is his grandson, Crown Prince Ferdinand William Otto, a 9-year-old boy.

Livonia is brimming with political instability and conspiracy. There are those who want to do away with the monarchy when the current king dies, and the only thing in their way is the young prince. The prince's older cousin, Princess Hedwig is to be married to the king of neighbouring Karnia, the traditional enemy of Livonia, in the hopes of securing a commercial treaty and peaceful coexistence, but she is in love with a young lieutenant who is attached to the Crown Prince’s suite.

Prince Otto is a nice kid, but he has a rather joyless life, filled with safety measures, serious governesses, tutors and aunts, and lacking any friends of his same age. We follow these and other characters, both in the palace and among the common people, as the king's health deteriorates and the future of the kingdom comes to a head.

When one thinks of Ruritanian romances one thinks of love affairs and swashbuckling adventures, and there is a fair amount of that. No sword fights, though. The book was written in 1917 and there are automobiles and guns. Even though the young prince is one of the viewpoint characters, and there's also another child character, an American boy whose father manages the newly-built scenic railroad in the main park of the capital city, this is written for adults, and the characters have their own complex psychology and motivations. Some of the villains, at least the ones we get to know, are not completely evil, but their actions are a result of their own history and feelings.

I thought the book might have been shortened a little bit without being the worse for it, but I was always entertained by this old-fashioned story. I cared for the fate of the characters and even shed a tear or two. It is quite well-written, in the style of other Ruritanian romances like The Prisoner of Zenda, but perhaps this one is more thoughtful and less action-oriented.

4.5 stars, rounded up.
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jcm790 | 2 andere besprekingen | May 26, 2024 |
Starts out as a 'locked room' murder mystery that takes place on a boat at sea. A fair amount of violence, considering the time it was written, and more of a suspense novel than a mystery. The ending is a let down, hence the low rating. it was almost three stars except for the final solution.
TheGalaxyGirl | 2 andere besprekingen | Feb 3, 2024 |
The Yellow Room, originally published in 1945, is one of Mary Roberts Rinehart’s best books, in my opinion. It is an old-fashioned, very entertaining example of the more traditional mystery genre. There is a pretty young girl, a murder, intrigue involving the young woman's family, and, of course, a dashing war hero in love with the heroine, and only too willing to use every means at his disposal to help her. Rinehart creates a fun and exciting atmosphere for mystery lovers to enjoy, as well as a pretty good brain teaser.

Young Carol Spencer is a likable heroine trying to recover from the loss of her fiancee in the South Pacific. She longs to keep busy and wants to make herself useful in the war effort. She has been forced to care for her mother, however, because her selfish sister Elinor is too busy with her society functions to help. When Carol leaves New York and travels to Maine, to open up their home there, she discovers many unsettling mysteries. Lucy, the maid, is missing, and it is soon discovered that she is in the hospital with an injured leg. Someone unknown had chased her in the night until she fell down the stairs. It could be that certain someone who has been hiding in the yellow room, even though no one was living in the Spencer's Maine home. Worse, there is a very dead young woman in the closet. When it is discovered that woman arrived asking about Carol, our heroine becomes a suspect in the eyes of the local police.

Dane is a war veteran whose past is a bit of a mystery. His meddling in the case is unappreciated by the local police. Carol hasn't a clue who to turn to, who to trust. When her brother arrives on the scene, rather than shedding light on the matter, the mystery becomes even murkier. Carol's snotty sister's car was seen the night of the murder, even though she was supposedly in New York. Was Carol's brother involved somehow? Who has been stealing her mother's fine china from the house? What was the dead girl's relationship to her brother and sister?

Dane uses every man and instinct at his disposal to root out the real killer, and get to the bottom of things. Shots in the night and the mysterious actions of someone unknown, yet moving easily among her Maine neighbors, can only spell great danger for Carol.

This mystery is very old-fashioned, and likewise so is the charming romance. The product of a more romantic era, The Yellow Room is very much a mystery where you can sense changes the war brought about in young men. The mores of a bygone era are at the forefront in this enjoyable and atmospheric mystery from one of the greats in the genre. For those who like their mysteries old-fashioned, and a bit on the romantic side, The Yellow Room is a lot of fun.
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Matt_Ransom | 9 andere besprekingen | Oct 6, 2023 |
conflict betw. Authority & conscence
SrMaryLea | Aug 22, 2023 |



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