By S. S. Van Dine

approximately Van Dine:
S. S. Van Dine used to be the pseudonym of Willard Huntington Wright
(October 15, 1888 - April eleven, 1939), a U.S. paintings critic and writer. He created
the as soon as immensely well known fictional detective Philo Vance, who first
appeared in books within the Nineteen Twenties, then in videos and at the radio. Willard
Huntington Wright used to be born to Archibald Davenport Wright and Annie
Van Vranken Wright on October 15, 1888, in Charlottesville, Virginia. He
attended St. Vincent university, Pomona collage, and Harvard University.
He additionally studied artwork in Munich and Paris, an apprenticeship that resulted in a
job as literary and artwork critic for the l. a. instances. Wright's early career
in literature (1910 - 1919) used to be taken up by means of factors. One used to be literary
Naturalism. He wrote a unique, the fellow of Promise, and a few short
stories during this mode; as editor of the journal The shrewdpermanent Set he additionally published
similar fiction by means of others. In 1917, he released Misinforming a Nation,
a scathing critique of the inaccuracies and English biases of the Encyclopedia
Britannica 11th version. In 1907, Wright married Katharine
Belle Boynton of Seattle, Washington. He married for a moment time
in October 1930. His spouse used to be Eleanor Rulapaugh, recognized professionally
as Claire De Lisle, a portrait painter. From 1912 to 1914 he edited The
Smart Set, a brand new York literary journal. He released What Nietzsche
Taught in 1915. during this publication, he supplied info and reviews on
all of Nietzsche's books, in addition to quotations from each one ebook. Wright
continued writing as a critic and journalist till 1923, whilst he turned ill
from what was once given out as overwork, yet was once in fact a mystery drug
addiction, in keeping with John Loughery's biography Alias S.S. Van Dine.
His health care professional restrained him to mattress (supposedly as a result of a center ailment,
but usually because of a cocaine habit) for greater than years. In
frustration and tedium, he begun gathering and learning millions of
volumes of crime and detection. In 1926 this paid off with the publication
of his first S. S. Van Dine novel, The Benson homicide Case. Wright took
his pseudonym from the abbreviation of "steamship" and from Van Dine,
which he claimed was once an previous relatives identify. in accordance with Loughery,
however, "there are not any Van Dines obvious within the genealogy" (p. 176). He
went directly to write eleven extra mysteries, and the 1st few books approximately his
upper-class novice sleuth, Philo Vance (who shared a love of aesthetics
like Wright), have been so renowned that Wright turned prosperous for the first
time in his existence, "but the excitement used to be now not unalloyed. His destiny is curiously
foreshadowed in that of Stanford West, the hero of his basically novel, who
sells out by way of forsaking the unpopular paintings during which he hunted for "a
sound beginning of tradition and aristocracy" and changing into a winning novelist.

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