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Josephine Tey
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    (July 25, 1896-February 13, 1952)
    Born in Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
    Birth name was Elizabeth MacKintosh
    Wrote the mysteries 'A Shilling for Candles' (1936), 'Miss Pym Disposes' (1946), 'The Franchise Affair' (1948), 'The Daughter of Time' (1951) and 'The Singing Sands' (1952)
    Using the pseudonym Gordon Daviot, wrote the plays 'Richard of Bordeaux' (1932), 'The Laughing Woman' (1934), 'Queen of Scots' (1934) and 'The Stars Bow Down' (1939)
    She never granted interviews and refused to let her photo be printed on the jackets of her books.
    Her friend John Gielgud said, 'The idea of having to talk about herself to a stranger terrifies her.'
    She was so extremely private that after learning she was terminally ill, she avoided seeing anyone she knew.
    After she died, the Times ran her obituary under the Gordon Daviot pseudonym, with no mention of her real name or her works as Josephine Tey.
    She volunteered as a nurse for convalescing soldiers during World War I.
    She gave up a teaching career to help care for her father after her mother died.
    She left her estate and the proceeds from her books and plays to the National Trust.
    'The Daughter of Time' was chosen as the greatest mystery novel of all time by the British Crime Writers Association (1990).

Credit: C. Fishel


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