A Wordcloud History of early Crime Fiction

 Poe Morgue

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Edgar Allan POE (1809-1849)  The Murders in the Rue Morgue (Graham’s Magazine, Philadelphia, 1841)

Total of 13,724 words and 2,847 unique words. Most frequent words in the corpus: voice (42), said (35), Dupin(27), house (26), head (24).

Affaire Lerouge

Emile GABORIAU (1836-1873) L’Affaire Lerouge (Le Pays, 1863;   Paris, Dentu, 1866; The Widow Lerouge, 1873)

Total of 123,867 words and 8,792 unique words. Most frequent words in the corpus: said (450), old (443), Sir(351), Noel (311), man (288).

orcival

Emile GABORIAU (1836-1873) Le Crime d’Orcival (1867), The Mystery of Orcival

 Total of 103,639 words and 8,452 unique words. Most frequent words in the corpus: said (532), Lecoq (322), Plantat (307), man (252), know (230).

Moonstone

Wilkie COLLINS (1824-1889) The Moonstone (1868)

Total of 194,868 words and 10,853 unique words. Most frequent words in the corpus: Mr (1,621), said (845), time (545), Miss (497), Franklin (472).

Hansom

Fergus HUME (1859-1932) The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (1886)

Total of 87,748 words and 7,824 unique words. Most frequent words in the corpus: said (669), Calton (381), Mr (304), Brian (293), Madge (257).

Holmes

Arthur Conan DOYLE (1859 – 1930) A Study in Scarlet (Ward Lock & Co, 1887)

Total of 43,416 words and 5,859 unique words. Most frequent words in the corpus: said (207), man (132), Holmes (89), little (82), time (76).

Raffl

E. W. HORNUNG (1866-1921)  Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman (1899)

Total of 51,941 words and 6,275 unique words. Most frequent words in the corpus: Raffles (351), said (284), Bunny (134), man (131), know (118)

Lupin

Maurice LE BLANC (1864-1941) The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Burglar (Lafitte, 1907)

Total of 53,901 words and 6,058 unique words. Most frequent words in the corpus: Lupin (310), Arsène(284), said (211), man (132), yes (107).

Chambre jaune

Gaston LEROUX (1868-1927) Le Mystère de la Chambre jaune (L’Illustration, 1907, Paris, Lafitte, 1908), The Mystery of the Yellow Room

Total of 73,859 words and 5,792 unique words. Most frequent words in the corpus: Monsieur (580), Rouletabille (401), Stangerson (350), said (310), Mademoiselle (297).

Austin

R. Austin FREEMAN (1862-1943) The Red Thumb Mark, Collingwood Brothers, London, 1907

Total of 70,490 words and 7,000 unique words. Most frequent words in the corpus: said (362), Thorndyke (312), Hornby (216), Mr (176), Reuben (149).

Mason

A. E. W. MASON (1865-1948) At the Villa Rose (1910)

 Total of 72,440 words and 5,903 unique words. Most frequent words in the corpus: said (556), Hanaud (470), Ricardo (333), Wethermill (259), Celia(254)

 Chesterton

G. K. CHESTERTON (1874-1936), The Innocence of Father Brown (1911)

Total of 78,943 words and 8,416 unique words. Most frequent words in the corpus: said (594), man (369), like(340), Brown (286), Father (251)

wal13

Edgar WALLACE (1875-1932) Room 13 (1924)

Total of 58,837 words and 6,267 unique words. Most frequent words in the corpus: said (629), Johnny (413), Peter (287), man (278), Mr (221).

Vance

 S. S .VAN DINE (1887-1939) The Benson Murder Case (A Philo Vance Mystery)  (1926)

Total of 81,861 words and 9,299 unique words. Most frequent words in the corpus: Markham (670), Vance (662), Benson (332), know (256), said (249).

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