Arthur Morrison Contribution


(Masterpieces of Fiction, Detective and Mystery Edition)

Arthur Morrison’s numerous tales of detection, including four volumes of Martin Hewitt stories, helped to create a transition between Sherlock Holmes and later hard-boiled detectives. Critics generally see Morrison’s Hewitt as a more realistic and therefore believable offshoot of the Sherlock Holmes character, devoid of the Holmesian eccentricity and imperiousness that mar the sleuths of Morrison’s competitors, such as Jacques Futrelle.

Beyond merely recounting processes of detection, Morrison offers reflective commentary on working-class dilemmas and other issues with political implications. His nondetective fiction, such as Tales of Mean Streets (1894) and A Child of the Jago (1896), often focuses on themes of class struggle.