Everything changed in 1922.
Until then, novelists were novelists. End of story. So to speak.
Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, and Emily Brontë wrote beautiful, moving narratives that examined the relationships between men and women so powerfully that they continue to resonate to the present day. Reviewers of their time did not identify them as romance writers.
On the mystery front, Charles Dickens, the most beloved and popular author of his age, created the first fictional police detective in literature when he invented Inspector Bucket in Bleak House (1852–53). Later, hoping to outdo his friend Wilkie Collins, who had had great success with such …