Monday, February 11, 2008

Eric Ambler on the Genre

“The thriller is an extension of the fairy tale. It is melodrama so embellished as to create the illusion that the story being told, however unlikely, could be true.” - Eric Clifford Ambler (28 June 1909 - 22 October 1998) was an influential English writer of spy novels who introduced a new realism to the genre. Ambler also used the pseudonym Eliot Reed for books co-written with Charles Rodda. [wiki]

Quoted from A Dictionary of Library and Information Science Quotations. Edited by Mohamed Taher & L S Ramaiah. ISBN: 8185689423 (New Delhi , Aditya, 1994) p. 7. See

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NB. Title of this post, courtesy Julia Buckley @ Mysterious Musings