The Oxford Book of Spy Stories

The Oxford Book of Spy Stories

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The spy is one of the great icons of the twentieth century. Born in an era of imperial decline, the spy in fiction has reflected the shifting currents of national and international politics for a century and more. This anthology offers a panorama of the best spy stories, which have forever fixed the concept of espionage in the popular imagination. In tales of political intrigue, wartime heroism, and peacetime scheming, we see the spy at work and at rest, sometimes the romantic saviour of a nation's secret, more often an embittered loner, wracked with disillusion and uncertainty. The gentleman patriot give way to the professional spy, the great game becomes a grubby business in which the enemy may, indeed, be one of Us. These stories by writers of the calibre of A. E. W. Mason, John Buchan, Frank O'Connor, Ian Fleming, Len Deighton, Michael Gilbert and Graham Greene, range from traditional thrillers with the spy as hero to explorations of the metaphoric potential of espionage and the moral, political, and psychological issues that such an activity brings into question. This book is intended for readers of spy fiction, detective stories, thrillers, anthologies of short more

Product details

  • Paperback | 376 pages
  • 130 x 192 x 28mm | 322.05g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192832670
  • 9780192832672

About Michael Cox

About the Editor: Michael Cox has compiled a number of highly popular anthologies, including The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories, Victorian Ghost Stories (both with R. A. Gilbert), and Victorian Detective more

Table of contents

"Parker Adderson, Philosopher"; "The Red Carnation"; "The Rider in the Dawn"; "The Brass Butterfly"; "Peiffer"; "Mr Collingrey, MP"; "The Lit Chamber"; "The Reckoning with Otto Schreed"; "Giulia Lazzari"; "Judith"; "The Pigeon Man"; "Jumbo's Wife"; "Affairs de Coeur"; "Waiting for Mrs Ryder"; "Flood on the Goodwins"; "How Ryan Got Out of Russia"; "A Patriot"; "A Double Double-Cross"; "The Army of the Shadows"; "Citizens in Space"; "Risico"; "Under the Rose"; "Keep Walking"; "Paper Casualty"; "Signal Tresham"; "Final Demand"; "The Rocking-horse Spy"; "The Great Divide"; "A Branch of the Service".show more

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"His book is not only a collection of some of the more enterprising espionage enterprises, it is also a fairly definitive history of the genre."--David Hall, Oxford Times"The Oxford Book of Spy Stories features the work of some of the best in the history of literature, including John Buchan, Somerset Maugham, and W.E. Johns. An excellent and entertaining collection."--John Dean, Darlington Northern Echoshow more

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