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  • Edgar Allan Poe

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    Keen to learn but short on time? Find out everything you need to know about the life and work of Edgar Allan Poe in just 50 minutes with this straightforward and engaging guide!
    Edgar Allan Poe was one of the most significant and enduring figures of the literary scene in 19th-century America. He was one of the first American authors to attempt to make a living solely by writing, with mixed success, and he was a pioneering influence in the development of a number of modern genres, including horror, fantasy, science fiction and detective fiction. Although he is best known for the Gothic-inspired atmospheres and the darkness that permeated his work, he was also a profoundly rational, methodical writer, who eschewed the tradition of populating fantastic fiction with supernatural creatures in favour of a more psychological brand of horror. This innovative style has been an inspiration for countless writers, poets and artists, cementing Poe's legacy as a key figure in literary history. 
    In this book, you will learn about:
    o Poe's most famous works, including The Fall of the House of Usher and The Murders in the Rue Morgue
    o The literary movements and earlier writers who influenced his work and ideas
    o His personal life, including the misfortune that plagued him and inspired some of his best-known works
    ABOUT 50MINUTES.COM | Art & Literature
    The Art & Literature series from the 50Minutes collection aims to introduce readers to the figures and movements that have shaped our culture over the centuries. Our guides are written by experts in their field and each feature a full biography, an introduction to the relevant social, political and historical context, and a thorough discussion and analysis of the key works of each artist, writer or movement, making them the ideal starting point for busy readers looking for a quick way to broaden their cultural horizons.

  • Agatha Christie

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    Keen to learn but short on time? Find out everything you need to know about the life and work of Agatha Christie in just 50 minutes with this straightforward and engaging guide!
    Few writers have ever shaped a genre to the extent that Agatha Christie influenced crime fiction. The prolific British author, who penned a total of 67 novels over a span of more than 50 years, has had an enduring influence on every successive generation of crime novelists, having established many of the conventions that we associate with the genre today. Her plotting was so innovative that it often shocked or even scandalised readers in the early 20th century, and modern-day readers remain captivated by the challenge of unravelling one of her mysteries before the culprit is unmasked at the end of the book. She also created two of the most iconic detective characters of all time, namely Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple.
    In this book, you will learn about:
    o Christie's most famous works, including And Then There Were None and Murder on the Orient Express
    o The social context and earlier writers who influenced her work and ideas
    o Her personal life, including her mysterious disappearance in 1926
    ABOUT 50MINUTES.COM | Art & Literature
    The Art & Literature series from the 50Minutes collection aims to introduce readers to the figures and movements that have shaped our culture over the centuries. Our guides are written by experts in their field and each feature a full biography, an introduction to the relevant social, political and historical context, and a thorough discussion and analysis of the key works of each artist, writer or movement, making them the ideal starting point for busy readers looking for a quick way to broaden their cultural horizons.

  • Décryptez l'univers d'Agatha Christie en moins d'une heure ! « Agatha Christie ? La seule femme pour qui le crime a payé ! » Voilà ce que déclare Winston Churchill à la mort de celle que l'on surnomme, à juste titre, la reine du crime. Et pour cause ! Son succès populaire a été si important que tous ses romans policiers sont devenus, tour à tour, des best-sellers. Les raisons de cet engouement ? Un sens de l'intrigue et du suspense jamais vu jusque-là, un moule romanesque bien rodé, et une formidable capacité à dévier de manière originale et insolite de la norme. Le tout saupoudré d'un charme subtil ! Ce livre vous permettra d'en savoir plus sur : o Le contexte politique et culturel dans lequel Agatha Christie s'inscrit o La vie de l'écrivaine et son parcours o Les caractéristiques et spécificités de ses oeuvres o Une sélection d'oeuvres-clés de Christie o Son impact dans l'histoire littéraire Le mot de l'éditeur : « Dans ce numéro de la série 50MINUTES | Écrivains, Julie Pihard part à la rencontre d'Agatha Christie. Après avoir dressé un tableau de son temps et de sa vie, elle nous explique comment l'écrivaine est parvenue à imposer de nouvelles règles au roman policier. Elle analyse ensuite quelques-uns de ses plus grands succès dont Le Crime de l'Orient-Express et Les dix petits nègres. Enfin, cette fiche n'aurait pas été complète si l'on n'avait pas évoqué l'immense influence de Christie sur les auteurs qui lui ont succédé, ainsi que les nombreuses adaptations de ses romans. » Stéphanie Felten À PROPOS DE LA SÉRIE 50MINUTES | Écrivains La série « Écrivains » de la collection 50MINUTES aborde plus de cinquante écrivains qui ont profondément marqué l'histoire littéraire, du Moyen Âge à nos jours. Chaque livre a été conçu à la fois pour les passionnés de littérature et pour les amateurs curieux d'en savoir davantage en peu de temps. Nos auteurs analysent avec précision quelques-unes des oeuvres des plus grands écrivains français et étrangers.

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