Decline of the English Murder, by George Orwell

George Orwell

Complaints about the low quality of much of what passes for crime fiction in any given era are perennial, but could the reason also have something to do with a decline in the quality of crime itself since the good ol’ days of genteel murder and mayhem? George Orwell had some thoughts on the decay of the classic English murder – the purview of Agatha Christie and so many other cultivated armchair sleuths – in this essay, first published in 1946 – and his critique may still be relevant to us today.

Decline of the English Murder, by George Orwell {11:20}

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