|Title:||The Scarab Murder Case (Philo Vance #5)|
|Author:||Wright, Willard Huntington Writing under the pseudonym: Van Dine, S. S.|
|Publisher:||Charles Scribner's Sons|
|Tags:||fiction, mystery, New York City, Philo Vance (Fictitious character)|
|Description:||5th in the Philo Vance mystery series set during July 13-14, 1930. Vance, an independently wealthy college educated, amateur detective, uses his deductive skills and psychological knowledge to help his New York City District Attorney friend to unravel the murder of the financial backer of an Egyptologist and his work in Egypt. As usual, the action is set in New York City. His methods are unconventional and go against the more rigid police investigative methods and lawyer legal requirements. [Suggest a different description.]|
|Comments:||aka Van Dine, S. S.; Philo Vance story #5|
Author Bio for Wright, Willard Huntington
S. S. Van Dine is the pseudonym used by American art critic Willard Huntington Wright (October 15, 1888 – April 11, 1939) when he wrote detective novels. Wright was an important figure in avant-garde cultural circles in pre-WWI New York, and under the pseudonym (which he originally used to conceal his identity) he created the once immensely popular fictional detective Philo Vance, a sleuth and aesthete who first appeared in books in the 1920s, then in movies and on the radio.
Wright never wanted to publish under his own name. He took his pseudonym from the abbreviation of "steamship" and from Van Dine, which he claimed was an old family name. According to Loughery, however, "there are no Van Dines evident in the family tree". He went on to write twelve mysteries in total, though their author's identity was unmasked by 1928. The first few books about the distinctive Philo Vance (who shared with his creator a love of art and a disdain for the common touch) were so popular that Wright became wealthy for the first time in his life. His readership was diverse and worldwide. David Shavit's study of WWII POW reading habits revealed that Vance was one of the favorite detectives among officer POWs.
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