Fine in Fine jacket. 1st ed. Fine, unread copy in dust jacket. The 17th volume in Crippen & Landru Lost Classics Series. Philip Schuylar Warne, the first known person of African-American descent to publish a mystery in the United States, and Howard W. Macy, whose works predate Warne's, were popular dime novel writers during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Both clever wordsmiths, Warne and Macy demonstrate their skills in the two mystery novellas featured in this book. Published before detective fiction became a widely recognized genre, Warne's " Who Was Guilty? " (1881) and Macy's "The Mystery of Sea-Eagle Tavern" (1872) will keep readers guessing until both stories startling conclusions. In her introduction, editor and popular culture literature scholar Marlena E. Bremseth offers another startling conclusion. Her detective work has unearthed compelling evidence that Philip S. Warne was, in actuality, a pseudonym of Howard W. Macy. Very low print run as the publisher states that "The first printing of each book will be small perhaps 400-500 copies, divided between clothbound copies in dustjacket, and trade softcover."
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