Metta Victoria Fuller Victor

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Metta Victoria Fuller Victor (nom de plume Seeley Regester) (March 2, 1831 – June 26, 1885) is credited with authoring of one of the first detective novels in the United States. She wrote over 100 dime novels, pioneering the field.[1]

Her husband was publishing pioneer Orville James Victor; her sister was novelist, feminist, and historian of the Pacific Northwest Frances Fuller Victor.

She died of cancer on June 26, 1885, in Ho-ho-kus, New Jersey, and was buried in Ridgewood's Valleau Cemetery.[1]

Her noteworthy works are Alice Wilde (1860), the first dime novel; Maum Guinea, and Her Plantation "Children" (1861), expressing abolitionist sentiments; The Dead Letter (1866), the first full-length American work of crime fiction;[1] The Figure Eight (1869); A Bad Boy's Diary (1880); and The Blunders of a Bashful Man (1881).


  1. ^ a b c Orso, Miranda (2002). "Victor, Metta Victoria Fuller". Retrieved 2013-11-04. 

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