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Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876–1958)

Autor(a) de The Circular Staircase

125+ Works 7,239 Membros 180 Críticas 16 Favorited

About the Author

Mary Roberts Rinehart was born in the City of Allegheny, Pennsylvania on August 12, 1876. While attending Allegheny High School, she received $1 each for three short stories from a Pittsburgh newspaper. After receiving inspiration from a town doctor who happened to be a woman, she developed a mostrar mais curiosity for medicine. She went on to study nursing at the Pittsburgh Training School for Nurses at Homeopathic Hospital. After graduating in 1896, she began her writing career. The first of her many mystery stories, The Circular Staircase (1908), established her as a leading writer of the genre; Rinehart and Avery Hopwood successfully dramatized the novel as The Bat (1920). Her other mystery novels include The Man in Lower Ten (1909), The Case of Jennie Brice (1914), The Red Lamp (1925), The Door (1930), The Yellow Room (1945), and The Swimming Pool (1952). Stories about Tish, a self-reliant spinster, first appeared in the Saturday Evening Post and were collected into The Best of Tish (1955). She wrote more than 50 books, eight plays, hundreds of short stories, poems, travelogues and special articles. Three of her plays were running on Broadway at one time. During World War I, she was the first woman war correspondent at the Belgian front. She died September 22, 1958 at the age of 82. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Mary Roberts Rinehart

The Circular Staircase (1908) 959 exemplares
The Man in Lower Ten (1906) 382 exemplares
The Yellow Room (1945) 312 exemplares
The Bat (1926) 301 exemplares
The Window at the White Cat (1910) 266 exemplares
The Case of Jennie Brice (1912) 261 exemplares
Miss Pinkerton (1932) 240 exemplares
The Wall (1938) 230 exemplares
The Door (1930) 222 exemplares
The After House (1913) 214 exemplares
The Red Lamp (1925) 213 exemplares
The Album (1933) 200 exemplares
The Swimming Pool (1952) 199 exemplares
The Great Mistake (1940) 186 exemplares
Haunted Lady (1942) 186 exemplares
The Breaking Point (1921) 154 exemplares
Episode of the Wandering Knife (1950) 152 exemplares
The Amazing Interlude (1918) 122 exemplares
Dangerous Days (1919) 107 exemplares
The Street of Seven Stars (1914) 103 exemplares
The State vs. Elinor Norton (1934) 97 exemplares
K. (1915) 92 exemplares
The Confession / Sight Unseen (1921) 86 exemplares
Lost Ecstasy (1927) 81 exemplares
Bab: A Sub-Deb (1916) 81 exemplares
When a Man Marries (1909) 80 exemplares
Where There's a Will (1912) 58 exemplares
The Confession (1917) 58 exemplares
A Poor Wise Man (1920) 57 exemplares
A Light in the Window (1948) 56 exemplares
Sight Unseen (1916) 54 exemplares
Long Live the King! (1912) 49 exemplares
More Tish (1921) 40 exemplares
The Doctor (1936) 39 exemplares
This Strange Adventure (1929) 36 exemplares
Through Glacier Park (1916) 34 exemplares
Love Stories (1919) 33 exemplares
Married People (1937) 29 exemplares
Tenting To-night (1917) 29 exemplares
Tish Plays the Game (1926) 29 exemplares
Two Flights Up (1928) 25 exemplares
The Truce of God (1920) — Autor — 23 exemplares
Tish Marches On (1937) 20 exemplares
My Story (1931) 20 exemplares
Affinities and Other Stories (1920) 17 exemplares
Locked Doors (1914) 17 exemplares
The Out Trail (1923) 11 exemplares
The Book of Tish (1926) 9 exemplares
Temperamental People (1924) 8 exemplares
The Buckled Bag (1914) 8 exemplares
Nomad's Land (1926) 6 exemplares
Affinities (1920) 6 exemplares
The Romantics (1929) 5 exemplares
The Altar of Freedom (1916) 4 exemplares
The Greatest Murder Mysteries (2018) 3 exemplares
The Burned Chair (1953) 2 exemplares
The Scandal (1950) 2 exemplares
Murder and the South Wind (1945) 2 exemplares
Mind Over Motor (1941) 2 exemplares
Alibi for Isabel {short story} (1944) 2 exemplares
La escalera de caracol (2011) 2 exemplares
Writing Is Work (1939) 2 exemplares
The After House [annotated] (2022) 1 exemplar
Amazing Interlude (1918) 1 exemplar
The Butler's Christmas Eve (1944) 1 exemplar
Things I Can't Explain (1950) 1 exemplar
The Lipstick (1942) 1 exemplar
The Cave on Thundercloud (1912) 1 exemplar
Salvage (1919) 1 exemplar
The Curve of the Catenary (1944) 1 exemplar
Tish and More Tish (2013) 1 exemplar
The Broken Quarantine (1906) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries (2013) — Contribuidor — 290 exemplares
A Treasury of Great Mysteries, Volumes 1-2 (1957) — Contribuidor — 263 exemplares
A Treasury of Great Mysteries, Volume 1 (1957) — Contribuidor — 207 exemplares
The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 178 exemplares
The Saturday Evening Post Treasury (1954) — Contribuidor — 137 exemplares
Great True Stories of Crime, Mystery, and Detection (1965) — Contribuidor — 95 exemplares
Murder for Christmas, Vol. 2 (1982) — Contribuidor — 87 exemplares
The Big Book of Female Detectives (2018) — Contribuidor — 81 exemplares
American Christmas Stories (2021) — Contribuidor — 60 exemplares
The Bat [1959 film] (1959) — Original novel — 51 exemplares
Masterpieces of Mystery: The Fifties (1976) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
Kill or Cure (1985) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Mehr Morde (1961) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Toward the Golden Age: The Stories That Turned Crime to Gold (2016) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Dangerous Ladies (1992) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Mord als schöne Kunst betrachtet. (1999) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
The Bat Whispers [1930 film] (1930) — Original play — 4 exemplares
Aces: A Collection of Short Stories (1924) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Suspense, June 1960 [Vol. 3, No. 6] (1960) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Delitti in camice bianco (2001) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Great Stories of Detection (1960) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
The Avon Annual 1945: 18 Great Modern Stories (1945) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
15 Great Stories of Today (1946) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
The Second Mystery Book (1940) 1 exemplar
Detectiveverhalen 2 (1964) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Trumps: A Collection of Short Stories — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Einige Morde : Mordgeschichten (1969) — Autor — 1 exemplar
The Mystery Book (1939) 1 exemplar
Die schönsten Tiergeschichten — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Le signorine omicidi (1998) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Roberts, Mary Ella (born)
Outros nomes
Roberts, Mary R.
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, USA
Local de nascimento
Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, USA
Local de falecimento
New York, New York, USA
Locais de residência
Washington, D.C., USA
Bar Harbor, Maine, USA
New York, New York, USA
Pittsburgh Training School for Nurses (1896)
mystery novelist
war correspondent
travel writer
short story writer
Rinehart, Stanley Marshall, Jr. (son)
Rinehart, Alan Gillespie (son)
Rinehart, Frederick Roberts (son)
Prémios e menções honrosas
Honorary Doctorate (Literature | George Washington University | 1923)
Mystery Writers of America Special Award (1954)

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Mary Roberts Rinehart was a best-selling mystery writer of the "Golden Age" who was as well-known (if not better known) than Agatha Christie, to whom she's often compared. Critics praised the careful plotting of her novels. She's credited with originating the "had-I-but-known" literary school of mystery writing. Typically, the narrator digresses over the things she might have done to prevent the novel’s numerous murders, had she only been able to see the dire consequences of her inaction or failure to report information to the police. Dorothy B. Hughes, crime critic and novelist, says Rinehart "has been and continues to be the most important American woman mystery writer." She was born Mary Ella Roberts in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, which has been a part of the city of Pittsburgh since 1907. She attended public schools and graduated at the age of 16, then enrolling at the Pittsburgh Training School for Nurses at Homeopathic Hospital, where she graduated in 1896. She married Stanley Marshall Rinehart, a physician with whom she had four children. During the stock market crash of 1903, Rinehart and her husband lost their savings, and this spurred her efforts at writing to earn income. In 1907, she wrote The Circular Staircase, the novel that launched her to national fame. She wrote hundreds of short stories, poems, travelogues and special articles. Many of her books and plays were adapted for movies. Her regular contributions to the Saturday Evening Post were immensely popular and helped the magazine mold American middle-class taste and manners. She often pursued adventure, including taking a job as the first woman war correspondent at the Belgian front during World War I. While many of her books were best-sellers, critics were most appreciative of her murder mysteries. She also coined the famous phrase, "The butler did it." (retrieved from Amazon 1/30/2011).



Starts out as a 'locked room' murder mystery that takes place on a boat at sea. A fair amount of violence, considering the time it was written, and more of a suspense novel than a mystery. The ending is a let down, hence the low rating. it was almost three stars except for the final solution.
TheGalaxyGirl | 2 outras críticas | Feb 3, 2024 |
The Yellow Room, originally published in 1945, is one of Mary Roberts Rinehart’s best books, in my opinion. It is an old-fashioned, very entertaining example of the more traditional mystery genre. There is a pretty young girl, a murder, intrigue involving the young woman's family, and, of course, a dashing war hero in love with the heroine, and only too willing to use every means at his disposal to help her. Rinehart creates a fun and exciting atmosphere for mystery lovers to enjoy, as well as a pretty good brain teaser.

Young Carol Spencer is a likable heroine trying to recover from the loss of her fiancee in the South Pacific. She longs to keep busy and wants to make herself useful in the war effort. She has been forced to care for her mother, however, because her selfish sister Elinor is too busy with her society functions to help. When Carol leaves New York and travels to Maine, to open up their home there, she discovers many unsettling mysteries. Lucy, the maid, is missing, and it is soon discovered that she is in the hospital with an injured leg. Someone unknown had chased her in the night until she fell down the stairs. It could be that certain someone who has been hiding in the yellow room, even though no one was living in the Spencer's Maine home. Worse, there is a very dead young woman in the closet. When it is discovered that woman arrived asking about Carol, our heroine becomes a suspect in the eyes of the local police.

Dane is a war veteran whose past is a bit of a mystery. His meddling in the case is unappreciated by the local police. Carol hasn't a clue who to turn to, who to trust. When her brother arrives on the scene, rather than shedding light on the matter, the mystery becomes even murkier. Carol's snotty sister's car was seen the night of the murder, even though she was supposedly in New York. Was Carol's brother involved somehow? Who has been stealing her mother's fine china from the house? What was the dead girl's relationship to her brother and sister?

Dane uses every man and instinct at his disposal to root out the real killer, and get to the bottom of things. Shots in the night and the mysterious actions of someone unknown, yet moving easily among her Maine neighbors, can only spell great danger for Carol.

This mystery is very old-fashioned, and likewise so is the charming romance. The product of a more romantic era, The Yellow Room is very much a mystery where you can sense changes the war brought about in young men. The mores of a bygone era are at the forefront in this enjoyable and atmospheric mystery from one of the greats in the genre. For those who like their mysteries old-fashioned, and a bit on the romantic side, The Yellow Room is a lot of fun.
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Matt_Ransom | 9 outras críticas | Oct 6, 2023 |
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