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Amanda Cross (1) (1926–2003)

Autor(a) de Death in a Tenured Position

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Amanda Cross (1) foi considerado como pseudónimo de Carolyn G. Heilbrun.

18+ Works 5,579 Membros 87 Críticas 13 Favorited

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Obras por Amanda Cross

Foram atribuídas obras ao autor também conhecido como Carolyn G. Heilbrun.

Death in a Tenured Position (1981) 556 exemplares
In the Last Analysis (1964) 506 exemplares
The James Joyce Murder (1967) 504 exemplares
Poetic Justice (1970) 432 exemplares
The Players Come Again (1990) 423 exemplares
The Theban Mysteries (1971) 399 exemplares
No Word from Winifred (1986) 386 exemplares
The Question of Max (1976) 371 exemplares
Sweet Death, Kind Death (1983) 365 exemplares
An Imperfect Spy (1995) 360 exemplares
A Trap for Fools (1995) 359 exemplares
The Puzzled Heart (1998) 299 exemplares
Honest Doubt (2000) 231 exemplares
The Edge of Doom (2002) 217 exemplares

Associated Works

Foram atribuídas obras ao autor também conhecido como Carolyn G. Heilbrun.

The Secret of Red Gate Farm (1931) — Introdução, algumas edições3,424 exemplares
A Woman's Eye (1991) — Contribuidor — 273 exemplares
Women on the Case (1996) — Contribuidor — 211 exemplares
Women of Mystery (1992) — Contribuidor — 126 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Contribuidor — 119 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Detective Stories (2000) — Contribuidor — 69 exemplares
Murder Most Cozy: Mysteries in the Classic Tradition (1993) — Contribuidor — 55 exemplares
A Virago Keepsake to Celebrate Twenty Years of Publishing (1993) — Contribuidor — 48 exemplares
Irreconcilable Differences (1999) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
First Cases 2: First Appearances of Classic Amateur Sleuths (1997) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
Distant danger: The 1988 Mystery Writers of America anthology (1988) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Women of Mystery - Book 3 (1998) 24 exemplares
Dangerous Ladies (1992) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Heilbrun, Carolyn Gold
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
East Orange, New Jersey, USA
Local de falecimento
New York, New York, USA
Locais de residência
New York, New York, USA
Wellesley College
Columbia University (M.A., Ph.D.)
Birch Wathen School
mystery novelist
Columbia University
Prémios e menções honrosas
Guggenheim Fellowship
Bunting Institute Fellowship, Radcliffe College
Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship
National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellowship

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Carolyn Gold was the only child of Jewish immigrant parents. She grew up in Manhattan, attending the private Birch Wathen School and spending hours alone roller-skating around the city or reading voraciously at the library. She went to Wellesley College, where she met her future husband, Jim Heilbrun, then a Harvard student. They married in 1945 and had three children. Carolyn Heilbrun earned her postgraduate degrees at Columbia University, specializing in the works of Virginia Woolf. She taught at Brooklyn College for a couple of years and served as a visiting lecturer/professor at Yale, Princeton, Swarthmore and other colleges, but spent nearly her entire academic career at Columbia. She joined the faculty in 1960 as an instructor of English and comparative literature and retired in 1992 as the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities. Prof. Heilbrun was best known in academic circles as the author of 14 nonfiction books, including Toward a Recognition of Androgyny (1973), Reinventing Womanhood (1979), and Writing a Woman's Life (1988), as well as dozens of scholarly articles that interpreted women's literature from a feminist perspective. Beginning in 1964, she wrote the popular Kate Fansler mystery novels under the pseudonym Amanda Cross. Prof. Heilbrun concealed her identity for six years, even after winning an Edgar Award for best first novel, fearing her (mostly) male colleagues would consider mystery writing too frivolous and that her sideline might jeopardize her chances for tenure. In fact, she became the first woman to receive tenure in Columbia's English Department in 1971. Kate Fansler, like her creator, was a literature professor and a feminist. The novels also served as an outlet for Prof. Heilbrun's views on academic politics and the treatment of women at universities. Carolyn Heilbrun committed suicide at her apartment in New York City in 2003.



Maybe even 4.5*, just because I do so love an academic setting for a mystery!

An academic mystery which deals with the internal politics & struggles of the faculty of a major (unnamed) New York city university is the kind of mystery I would have loved to write myself. Written in 1970, student unrest provides the background to the situation but as anyone who has been a college or university professor knows, the factions & committees etc. could have been taking place at any time. I had a few laughs (such as at the doctoral dissertation defense meeting & the professor describing a recent play he had attended) as well.

I loved the Auden quotes at the start of each chapter & throughout the text; I will have read his poetry for myself sometime soon!
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leslie.98 | 7 outras críticas | Jun 27, 2023 |
One of the lingering mysteries of Kate Fansler’s life is how she came to be so utterly unlike her older brothers. When her oldest brother Laurence is visited by a man claiming to be Kate’s natural father, it is with some surprise that Kate agrees to DNA testing, which in fact proves the man’s claim. But why has he come back into Kate’s life when she is in her mid-50s and he is in his 70s? And what does he want from the Fansler family?.... This is the last of the Kate Fansler mystery series and, unlike the previous book, Kate is all over this one. As is Shakespeare, as each chapter has an epigram (most, I think, if not all from The Tempest). The relationship between fathers and daughters is the overarching theme, and unlike other books in the series there are no murders to investigate here; the very idea of the self-aware and hyper-conscious Kate working to deepen her understanding of herself will either please or infuriate readers, depending on their relationship to the character. For myself, I’m glad I read it, and equally glad to finally be done with the exasperating Kate. Mildly recommended.… (mais)
thefirstalicat | 2 outras críticas | Mar 3, 2023 |
Kate Fansler, la catedrática y detective aficionada -tan erudita como chispeante- que protagoniza las novelas de amanda Cross, aconseja a una de sus alumnas que acuda a un famoso psiquiatra neoyorquino con quien mantuvo en tiempos una relación amorosa. Meses más tarde, la chica aparece asesinada en el diván de la consulta. Demasiados sospechosos: el psicoanalista, su mujer, la propia Kate Fansler... ¿Podrá con todos el pintoresco psicoanálisis policial de la detective?
Natt90 | 12 outras críticas | Feb 28, 2023 |
Private detective Estelle “Woody” Woodhaven is asked by a small college to investigate the death of an English professor there; widely disliked, there is little doubt that he was murdered. Woody turns gratefully to Kate Fansler for her insights both into academia and crime, but while she enjoys their conversations, Kate’s frequent detours into esoteric musings, particularly on the professor’s favourite poet Tennyson, serve more to baffle Woody than to enlighten her. And the interviews she has with the potential suspects serve only to muddy the waters even further…. This is the next-to-last Kate Fansler novel and she herself is barely in it - although it is, of course, Kate who ultimately solves the crime. Woody is a decent character, although her constant harping about how fat she is gets tiresome very quickly. I’m just not sure why Kate was even in the book and, frankly, the solution is lazy, but there are some nice quotes along the way. Really for completists only.… (mais)
thefirstalicat | 4 outras críticas | Feb 10, 2023 |



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