The Horizontal Man

Author(s): Helen Eustis; Charles Finch (Foreword by)

Classic Crime

A philandering professor on the faculty of an Ivy League school is found murdered, setting off ripple effects of anxiety, suspicion, and panic in this Edgar Award-winning classic from 1946.


The Horizontal Man was Helen Eustis's only crime novel, and she won an Edgar Award for it, combining a wildly disparate set of elements into an enduringly fascinating work. In its way it is a classical whodunit that stands comparison with old-school practitioners such as Agatha Christie or Dorothy Sayers. This mystery transpires in the rarefied precincts of the English department of a venerable New England college, one very much of the restless postwar moment, echoing with references to Freud and Kafka. Eustis finds comedy high and low in a cavalcade of characters bursting at the seams with repressed sexual longings and simmering malice. Beyond the satire, she stirs up--with a narrative whose multiple viewpoints give the book a striking modernistic edge--a troubling sense of the mental chaos lurking just beneath the civilized surfaces of her academic setting.


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General Fields

  • : 9781598536317
  • : Library of America
  • : Library of America
  • : July 2020
  • : .71 Inches X 4.89 Inches X 7.95 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Helen Eustis; Charles Finch (Foreword by)
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 823/.9/1
  • : 230