Margaret Doody

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Margaret Anne Doody (born September 21, 1939) is a Canadian author of historical detective fiction and feminist literary critic. She is professor of literature at the University of Notre Dame, and helped found the PhD in Literature Program at Notre Dame,[1] and served as its director from 2001-2007.

Academic career[edit]

Doody completed her doctorate at the University of Oxford in 1968. She then taught at the University of Wales from 1969 to 1976. After which she taught at Princeton University.

According to reports in the New York Times, Doody, along with Valerie Smith, Emory Elliott, and Sandra Gilbert all resigned from Princeton in 1989.[2] The reports suggest that the four were unhappy with the leniency shown to Thomas McFarland after he was accused of sexual misconduct. McFarland was initially put on a one-year suspension, but eventually took early retirement after these resignations and threats of student boycotts.[3]

Subsequently, she taught at Vanderbilt University and the University of Notre Dame.[4]

Fiction writing[edit]

Although historical detective stories are now a flourishing genre, with Steven Saylor and Lindsey Davis being particularly prominent in the field of detective stories set in classical antiquity, back in 1978, when Aristotle Detective was first published, Doody was something of a pioneer in the genre. Recently she has added four more to the series featuring Aristotle as a 4th Century B.C. detective. There is also a novella, Anello di bronzo (Ring of Bronze), currently available only in Italian.

Doody's "Aristotle" books are published in Italy by Sellerio editore, which also produced a translation of The Alchemists. In France the mystery novels are published by 10/18. They are also available in Spanish, Portuguese and Greek; individual novels have recently appeared in Polish and Russian. The first "Aristotle" novel has also been published in German.


The Aristotle series[edit]

  • Aristotle Detective (1978)
  • Aristotle and Poetic Justice (2000)
  • Aristotle and the Mystery of Life (also published as Aristotle and the Secrets of Life) (2002)
  • Aristotle and the Ring of Bronze (2003)
  • Poison in Athens (2004)
  • Mysteries of Eleusis (2005)
  • Aristotle and the Egyptian Murders (2010)
  • A cloudy day in Babylon (2013)

Short Story of the Aristotle series[edit]

  • Aristotle and the Fatal Javelin (1980)

Other novels[edit]

  • The Alchemists (1980)

Academic books[edit]

  • A Natural Passion: A Study of the Novels of Samuel Richardson (1974)
  • The Daring Muse: Augustan Poetry Reconsidered (1985)
  • Frances Burney: The Life in the Works (1996)
  • The True Story of the Novel (1996)
  • Tropic of Venice (2007)
  • Jane Austen's Names: Riddles, Persons, Places (2015)


  • Jacques Baudou et Jean-Jacques Schleret, Le Vrai visage du masque, Paris, Futuropolis, 1984, p. 166.
  • Claude Mesplède, Dictionnaire des littératures policières, volume 1, Nantes, Éditions Joseph K, coll. Temps noir, 2007, p. 608-609.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-28. Retrieved 2013-06-20.
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