Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Osher Online – Golden Mysteries: An Exploration of Mystery Novels from the 1920s-1940s


Price: $100  OLLI Members Only  

Dates & Time: Wednesdays, Jan 10, 17, 24, 31 & Feb 7, & 14    12:00-1:30

Class Type: Online

Instructor: Brittney Rakowsky

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Course Description

Perhaps you like to relax by curling up with a cup of tea and reading a crime story. Why exactly is murder and mayhem so popular and even relaxing to read about? The mystery genre is one of the most popular genres today, but it is relatively new. The first modern detective novels were published by Edgar Allan Poe in the nineteenth century, which ushered in a boom of mystery novels in America and the UK in subsequent years. In this class, we’ll study mystery novels of the 1920s through 1940s—including books by Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie; hardboiled crime novels; and Nancy Drew—and we’ll learn what made them so popular. The mystery genre is uniquely positioned to reflect and address the fears of the populace, so studying these novels gives us unique insight into what people cared about most when they were published. We will also examine why it’s so fun to read about horrible crimes and try to understand what we get out of it.


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Course Term


Day of the Week



Brittney Rakowsky

Event Type

Course, Osher Online

Event Details

Date: 2024-01-10

Start time: 12:00 PST

End time: 01:30 PST

Venue: Online


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