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Book Title: The Memorial Hall Murder|
Date of issue: March 26th 1981
ISBN 13: 9780140057041
The author of the book: Jane Langton
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 965 KB
Edition: Penguin Books
Read full description of the books The Memorial Hall Murder:This light piece of detective fiction, a piece of froth really, indeed rather a spoof, was written nearly four decades ago by Jane Langton, a writer of juvenile fiction and a former graduate student at Radcliffe. It is an undemanding read, a book that can be finished in a couple of evenings, and it will appeal primarily to those with a fairly intimate knowledge and experience of Harvard. A man is murdered in Memorial Hall, of course, and someone with an existing detailed knowledge of the building will be most intrigued. A knowledge and appreciation of the governance of the University and an enjoyment of music will also enhance one’s enjoyment of the book. Each chapter is headed by a fragment of the score of Handel’s Messiah, and literary allusions also abound. As a student more than half a century ago, I was in the building several times a week for lectures, Harvard band rehearsals, and final exams, and over the years I have revisited the site many times. There have been many changes over the years in and around Harvard Square, but the ambiance is unchanged. Langton's own line illustrations are delightful.
This novel fulfills all the criteria for an airplane book, particularly if the flight is short.
Read information about the authorLangton was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She studied astronomy at Wellesley College and the University of Michigan, receiving a bachelor's degree in 1944. She received an M.A. in art history from the University of Michigan in 1945, and another M.A. from Radcliffe College in 1948. She studied at the Boston Museum School from 1958 to 1959.
In 1961 Langton wrote and illustrated her first book for children, The Majesty of Grace, a story about a young girl during the Depression who is certain she will some day be Queen of England. Langton has since written a children's series, The Hall Family Chronicles, and the Homer Kelly murder mystery novels. She has also written several stand-alone novels and picture books.
Langton's novel The Fledgling is a Newbery Honor book. Her novel Emily Dickinson is Dead was nominated for an Edgar Award and received a Nero Award. The Face on the Wall was an editors' choice selection by The Drood Review of Mystery for 1998.
Langton lives in Lincoln, Massachusetts, near the town of Concord, the setting of many of her novels. Her husband, Bill, died in 1997. Langton has three adult sons: Chris, David and Andy.
* Hall Family
* Homer Kelly Mystery
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