Arthur Morrison Bibliography

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Title Publisher Date Issue Points - Notes
Martin Hewitt Investigator Ward Lock 1894 US: 1894 Harper
Chronicles of Martin Hewitt Ward Lock 1895 US: 1896 Apppleton
Adventures of Martine Hewitt Ward Lock 1896  
The Dorrington Deed-Box Ward Lock 1897  
The Hole in the Wall Methuen 1902 US: 1902 McClure Phillips
The Red Triangle Nash 1903 US: 1903 Page
The Green Eyes of Goona Nash 1904 US: 1904 Page as The Green Diamond

Arthur Morrison - The Hole in the Wall
Obviously not a first but such great artwork - hence inclusion
Dust Jacket Artist: Scandalously Unattributed !

Further Information
Arthur Morrison, born in London 1863 and died 1945, is best known for his series character, who is amongst the very early pioneers of the detective genre. His best work is probably The Hole in the Wall, a book which has withstood the test of time. His importance is acknowledged by his inclusion in both the Haycraft Queen Cornerstones and Queen's Quorum lists. He also wrote some non-criminous work, namely; three novels, seven volumes of short stories, some plays and an important reference work on Japanese paintings. We have included contemporaneous American publications when applicable and any alternative titles have been noted.

Sample from The Hole in the Wall Blurb Written By V.S. Pritchett
Arthur Morrison
THE HOLE IN THE WALL
" ARTHUR MORRISON is an artist and can tell a story. And when he wrote The Hole in the Wall in 1902 he wrote a story that, to my mind, is one of the minor masterpieces of this century. It is a thriller—that is to say, a story of fear, fear as it is disclosed to the mind of a trusting child who is put down into the most violent part of Dockland in the days of the Ratcliffe Highway. "In the region of the old Ratcliffe Highway, the locks, the jetties, the lights, the police notices, the pubs of Dockland, the people are marked by evil. It is real evil. Thieving, pimping, swindling, plotting, knifing and murdering pollute the air. Each character is marked by real wickedness. And wickedness is squalor. There are no completely good characters. Environment has marked them all. The boy's adored grandfather is a fence, and we must admire the delicacy of the author, who gradually edges the old man towards reform without sacrificing any of his masterful shrewdness, slyness and violence of character.

"There was a London like this—we are convinced—seedy, clumsy and hungry, murderous and sentimental. Those shrieks were heard. There were those even more disturbing silences in the night. Dockland, where the police used to go in threes, has its authentic commemoration."
These extracts are from V. S. Pritchetts introduction to this book.

 

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