Distorting the Genre, Defining the Audience, Detecting the Author: Richard Marsh's "For Debt" (1902)

M. Vuohelainen

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Abstract

The author examines the turn-of-the-century debate over prison reform by closely analyzing Richard Marsh's short story "For Debt" (1902). The story presents a powerful critique of imprisonment in a guise acceptable to Marsh's lower-middleclass readership. By blurring the boundaries of fiction, prison autobiography, and investigative journalism, the story further highlights the entertainment value of these genres in the early 1900s.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-26
JournalClues A Journal of Detection
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2007

Keywords

  • Bernard Heldmann
  • Richard Marsh
  • prison narrative
  • prison reform

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