Classic Themes Examined in The Fiction of Mystery Writer Ruth Rendell

December 21, 2012 | Queens College

As an English professor at Queens College, Barbara Fass Leavy (English) concentrated on 19th-century British literature; the opportunity to teach courses in crime fiction prompted her to re-examine a genre she read for fun. In her retirement, she has given her attention to a favorite writer. The Fiction of Ruth Rendell: Ancient Tragedy and the Modern Family (Poisoned Pen Press) shows how the themes of classic Greek dramas—particularly the Oresteia and Oedipus trilogies, with their tortured personal relationships—resurface in the work of a mystery master with more than 60 titles to her credit. “An illuminating journey that should make Rendell devotees appreciate her even more.”— Publishers Weekly.

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