Mount Alvernia High School, Newton, Massachusetts

Mary  Stewart

Rebecca  Cronin 
A History of Interpol

Mary Stewart: Establishing Relationships as a Means of Discovering Identity

Twentieth century British mystery author Mary Stewart focuses her writing on the relationship between romance and suspense and its influence on personal development. Stewart’s novels depict female heroines searching for their identity who encounter new people, new experiences and new struggles that eventually help them to develop into strong independent women, thus discovering their true character and personality. Her novel The Ivy Tree highlights this pattern. Eight years ago Annabel Winslow ran away from home in order to avoid her marriage to her cousin. Wanting desperately to come home but unable to accept her forced marriage, she returns disguised as Mary Grey. However, Annabel is unable to pretend any longer as she spends more time with family, friends and her true love, Adam Forrest. Annabel’s return to Whitescar depicts the difficulties of defining oneself within a society, a reoccurring theme in Stewart’s novels. Through her mysteries, Stewart’s characters are able to overcome their obstacles and establish a true sense of self.

The International Criminal Police Organization, also known as Interpol, was one of the most recognized crime prevention associations; it included over 169 countries. Interpol was an organization established to prevent international crime. It was just one of the many attempts at international cooperation after World War I. Developed around the same time as the League of Nations, Interpol was created when countries cooperated to establish a way to apprehend international criminals. Founded in 1923 by Viennese police officer Johann Schober, Interpol tracked down criminals all over the world. The early focus of the organization was on counterfeiting and drug trafficking. Counterfeiting, one of the most common crimes in the United States, also spread to Europe in the early twentieth century, where Interpol took steps to control it. Many people considered Interpol a world police force but it was far from it. Rather, it was an organization created to facilitate communication among member nations, each which retained ultimate control over its own police department. Interpol was an effective organization that solved common problems through international cooperation, like the League of Nations.

Major Works Cited:

Crime Busters. Adapted from The Crime Busters by Angus Hall. London: Futura, 2002.
Fooner, Michael. Interpol: The Inside Story of the International Crime-Fighting Organization. Chicago: Henry Regnery, 1973.
Stewart, Mary. The Ivy Tree. Chicago: Chicago, 2007.
---. Thornyhold. Chicago: Chicago, 2008.
Photo Credit: Stewart, Mary. The Crystal Cave. New York: William Morrow, 1970.