C. P. Snow: Death Under Sail

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Death Under Sail (1932; revised edn, 1959), C. P. Snow’s first published novel, is a detective story set on the Norfolk Broads. It is a competent example of the genre which also anticipates in some respects Snow’s subsequent non-genre fiction. Its focus on the “play of forces” (37) among a small knot of characters “in a self-contained society” (118) both conforms to one of the conventions of the classic detective story and announces an interest in group dynamics which Snow will pursue in the eleven-book “Strangers and Brothers” series (especially The Masters (1951) and The Affair (1960)) and in his post-“Strangers and Brothers” fiction (particularly The Malcontents (1972)).

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Tredell, Nicolas. "Death Under Sail". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 October 2007
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