Genre Busters

February 15, 2009
(was 04.13.2008)

Michael Chabon's a pretty successful writer of literary fiction. As far as he's concerned, literary fiction is just another genre, with its own set of conventions. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, we get into the fight over genre fiction. Agatha Christie's grandson says the creator of Poirot and Miss Marple was primarily interested in entertaining her readers. Critic Michael Dirda says that's why we read – purely for pleasure. And Richard Price talks about his best-selling novel "Lush Life" and why no one will ever mistake it for genre fiction.

  1. Judith Freeman on Raymond Chandler

    Cissy Chandler was 18 years older than her husband, which he may or may not have ever known.

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  2. Michael Chabon on Genre Fiction

    Michael Chabon defends the position that genre fiction is just as worthy of respect as any other fiction.

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  3. Michael Dirda on "Classics for Pleasure"

    Michael Dirda won the Pulitzer Prize for his literary criticism in the Washington Post Book World. Among his collections of essays is Classics for Pleasure.

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  4. M.C. Beaton and Matthew Prichard on Agatha Christie

    M.C. Beaton writes mysteries under a variety of pen names. Matthew Prichard is Agatha Christie's grandson.

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  5. Richard Price on "Lush Life"

    Richard Price has a hit with his novel "Lush Life." It's a crime story, but Price says his book has nothing to do with detective fiction or any other genre.

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