The Dead Letter

Metta Victoria Fuller VICTOR (1831 - 1885)

Published in 1866, "The Dead Letter: An American Romance" written by Metta Victoria Fuller Victor under the pseudonym, Seeley Regester, is credited by historians of popular literature to be the first full-length American crime fiction novel. The writing is melodramatic in places and includes opinions typical of the time period, but is an enjoyable, early example of the genre. The novel begins with Richard Redfield, a clerk in the "Dead Letter Office," opening an unclaimed letter. Upon reading the contents, he is convinced that the message relates to the events of a night two years prior when another young man was brutally murdered. (summary by J. M. Smallheer)

Genre(s): Crime & Mystery Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Part I: The Letter J. M. Smallheer
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Play 02 Events of a Night J. M. Smallheer
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Play 03 The Figure Beneath the Trees J. M. Smallheer
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Play 04 Moreland Villa J. M. Smallheer
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Play 05 Mr. Burton, the Detective, part 1 J. M. Smallheer
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Play 06 Mr. Burton, the Detective, part 2 J. M. Smallheer
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Play 07 Two Links in the Chain J. M. Smallheer
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Play 08 Eleanor J. M. Smallheer
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Play 09 The Haunted Grave, part 1 J. M. Smallheer
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Play 10 The Haunted Grave, part 2 J. M. Smallheer
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Play 11 The Spider and the Fly J. M. Smallheer
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Play 12 The Anniversary, part 1 J. M. Smallheer
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Play 13 The Anniversary, part 2 J. M. Smallheer
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Play 14 The Little Guest and the Apparition, part 1 J. M. Smallheer
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Play 15 The Little Guest and the Apparition, part 2 J. M. Smallheer
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Play 16 The Night in Moreland Villa J. M. Smallheer
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Play 17 The Shadow Assumes Shape J. M. Smallheer
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Play 18 Part II: The Letter J. M. Smallheer
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Play 19 Our Visits J. M. Smallheer
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Play 20 The Confession J. M. Smallheer
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Play 21 Embarked for California J. M. Smallheer
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Play 22 On the Trail J. M. Smallheer
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Play 23 At Last -- At Last J. M. Smallheer
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Play 24 Now for Home Again J. M. Smallheer
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Play 25 The Ripe Hour J. M. Smallheer
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Play 26 Joining the Missing Links J. M. Smallheer
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Play 27 The New Life J. M. Smallheer
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