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John Dickson Carr
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    (November 30, 1906-February 27, 1977)
    Born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania
    Author of mysteries
    Created the detectives Dr. Fell and Sir Henry Merrivale
    Titles include 'The Hollow Man' (1935), 'The Crooked Hinge' (1938), 'The Judas Window' (1938), 'The Case of the Constant Suicides' (1941), 'He Who Whispers' (1946), 'A Graveyard To Let' (1949) and 'The House at Satan's Elbow' (1965)
    He also used the fairly transparent pseudonym Carter Dickson.
    He would write for 18 hour stretches, forgetting to eat meals.
    He criticized hard-boiled detective writers like Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett as 'clueless.'
    Chandler called him a 'pipsqueak.'
    One of his admirers admitted, 'Carr wasn't remotely interested in offering realism or relevance' and 'His plots strained credibility in the extreme.'
    He based his detective Dr. Fell on author G.K. Chesterton.
    He wrote WWII propaganda for the BBC.
    He was chosen by the estate of Arthur Conan Doyle to write his biography, which received a Special Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America.
    He was considered the greatest master of the impossible 'locked room mystery.'
    Kingsley Amis said, 'He raises ingenuity to the level of genius.'

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