David Lehman in Conversation with Mahinder Kingra

About the Book

From Sherlock Holmes to Sam Spade; Nick and Nora Charles to Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin; Harry Lime to Gilda, Madeleine Elster, and other femmes fatales—crime and crime solving in fiction and film captivate us. Why do we keep returning to Agatha Christie's ingenious puzzles and Raymond Chandler's hard-boiled murder mysteries? What do spy thrillers teach us, and what accounts for the renewed popularity of morally ambiguous noirs? In The Mysterious Romance of Murder, the poet and critic David Lehman explores a wide variety of outstanding books and movies—some famous (The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity), some known mainly to aficionados—with style, wit, and passion.

About the Author

David Lehman is a poet and writer whose many books include The Morning Line, Sinatra's Century, and One Hundred Autobiographies. He is the editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry and The Best American Poetry series. He divides his time between Ithaca and New York City.

About the Conversation Partner

Mahinder Kingra is the Editor in Chief at Cornell University Press.


Event date: 
Wednesday, August 10, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Event address: 
215 N. Cayuga Street
Dewitt Mall
Ithaca, NY 14850
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ISBN: 9781501763625
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Published: Cornell University Press - May 15th, 2022

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