Les Chefs-d’œuvre du roman feuilleton, Gallimard, 1925-1929
Directed by Jean Sorgues, illustrated by Bécan, this Gallimard Series shows the progressive dominance of Crime Fiction within the market of entertainment literature. While the first novels published there reflect a variety of popular genres, the subsequent are mostly linked with a Crime fiction narrative. Such as :René Girardet, L’Etrange M. de Lorgemont, Les Chefs-d’oeuvre du roman-feuilleton, Gallimard, 1927. Or Jean Fournier, Higgins and C°, détective, Les Chefs-d’oeuvre du roman-feuilleton, Gallimard, 1928. A.E.W. Mason (Le Reflet dans la nuit, 1928), Gustave Le Rouge, H.J. Magog and S.S. Van Dine were equally published there. The series later morphed into ” Les Chefs-d’oeuvre du roman d’aventures”, where Dashiell Hammett was first published in France.
Jean d’ Hourec, La Fille au masque pourpre, Chefs-d’œuvre du roman feuilleton, Gallimard, 1925
The Series « Le Masque » (Librairie des Champs-Élysées, 1927-2012)
« Le Masque » (“Mask”) is one of the most successful and longest crime series worldwide, with 2540 titles published. While not the first series devoted to detective novels in France, it was a landmark in the publishing industry. Launched in 1927 by Albert Pigasse, founder in 1925 of the Librairie des Champs-Élysées it soon acquired iconic status. Its first publication was Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Pigasse acquired Christie’s exclusive rights in France. But among other mainstay household authors were Dorothy Sayers, R. Austin Freeman, John Dickson Carr.
Valentin Williams, Le Trois de trèfle (The Three of Clubs), 1927
The Series Les Chefs-d’œuvre du roman d’aventures (Librairie Gallimard, 1928- 1934)
This prestigious “collection” (Publisher Series) predates the influential Série Noire, launched after W.W.2 with the same publisher, the Librairie Gallimard in Paris. International bestsellers of the crime genre, comprising Classics of mystery and detection novel (Austin Freeman) ,thrillers (E. Wallace) and authors representative of the “golden age” of crime fiction (Van Dine) were published here together with illustrious French heirs to the 19th Century’s Serials (Le Rouge). This is also were the first French translations of Hammett’s Glass Key and the Dain Curse were published.
Dashiell Hammett, La Clé de verre, translation P.J. Herr, Gallimard, 1932