Green, Anna Katherine (1846-1935)

Anna Katherine Green, 1846-1935. Anna Katherine Green, 1846-1935.

Anna Katherine Green (1846-1935) was a bestselling American writer whose first crime fiction novel The Leavenworth Case. A Lawyer's Story (published in 1878) and subsequent books, featuring Amelia Butterworth as the prototype of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple (see here), became required reading at Yale University’s Law School in order to demonstrate the dangers of only using circumstantial evidence.

In 1915 she published a collection of short stories entitled The Golden Slipper and Other Problems for Violet Strange (G.P. Putnam, New York). Included in the collection was the story 'An Intangible Clue', about the murder of an elderly embroideress called Mrs. Doolittle. Mrs. Doolittle does fine needlework and embroiders monograms on the linen sheets and pillow cases of the well-to-do. The short story refers to the system of sub-contract work common in pre-First World War sewing circles in new York. Green’s short stories and novels remain in print in the twenty-first century.

Digital sources:

Wikipedia (retrieved 31 March 2016).

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 18 June 2016).


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