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Title: Reader Reaction to Christie's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

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Subject: English
Author: Michael L
Date: October 10, 2012
Level: University
Grade: A
Length: 11 / 3222
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. . unsettles the reader's historical, cultural, psychological assumptions, the consistency of his tastes . . . ." (14). These distinctions are useful in discussing Agatha Christie's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, for at the time of its publication, many fans, who had settled into the "comfortable practice of reading" the sterile, formulaic detective stories popular up to 1926, found themselves "unsettled" by Christie's latest work...

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In her biography of Agatha Christie, Mary S. Wagoner writes that "the tricky surprise" of the narrative even incited "public furor" (Wagoner 41). Why were some people upset? Douglas R. McManis explains, "Writers of mystery fiction were expected to use a format of prescribed traditions . . ." (319). Christie, however, "broke with many of the early format restrictions" (320)...

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