The Horizontal Man: A Library of America eBook Classic

· Library of America
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About this ebook

Helen Eustis’s The Horizontal Man (1946) won an Edgar Award for best first novel and continues to fascinate as a singular mixture of detection, satire, and psychological portraiture. A poet on the faculty of an Ivy League school is found murdered, setting off ripple effects of anxiety, suspicion, and panic in the hot house atmosphere of an English department rife with talk of Freud and Kafka. This classic novel is one of eight works included in The Library of America's two-volume edition Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s, edited by Sarah Weinman.
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Third-party review
This unremembered gem was probably rather shocking in its day, although the twist is now rather commonplace. Set in an elite women's college, a sexy young professor has been murdered, the police are ...
Third-party review
The Horizontal Man by Helen Eustis is a vintage mystery that won an Edgar Award for Best First Novel in 1947. Set in the academic world of an elite woman’s college we are immediately immersed in the ...

About the author

Helen Eustis (1916–2015) was the author of two novels: The Horizontal Man (1946), which won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, and The Fool Killer (1954), which was adapted into a 1965 movie of the same name. She later translated works by French authors including Georges Simenon and Christiane Rochefort.

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