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Harry Stephen Keeler

Author Code: AHSK

Born: Nov. 3, 1890 - Chicago, Illinois, USA

Died: Jan. 22, 1967 - Chicago, Illinois, USA

Keeler began writing short stories as a teenager. He was educated at the Armour Institute in Chicago (later to become IIT) and received a degree in electrical engineering. He was committed to an insane asylum by his mother when he was twenty, although the cause is unknown. He began working as an electrician after he graduated and continued to write in his spare time, submitting his stories to pulp magazines. In 1919, he married Hazel Goodwin and in 1924, published his first novel, The Voice of the Seven Sparrows, a complex and sometimes baffling book that nevertheless sold well. In fact, his plots were often so wild and absurd that one wonders if his mother had been right to have him committed. He had a great deal of success during the 1930's and went on to produce over 70 novels. He wrote some science fiction, one of which, John Jones's Dollar (1927), is still well-known today. He is credited with inventing the 'webwork' novel, where characters are linked by strands of implausible coincidences, which terminates in a surprise ending. Some of his works include an entire story within a story, sometimes penned by his wife. In the 1940's, Keeler's publishers began to distance themselves from his work and by 1953 had ceased publishing altogether. His wife died in 1960 and he remarried in 1963. He then began to write again although publishers were no longer interested in him. He probably would have thrived in today's self-publishing circus. His other works include The Amazing Web (1930), The Matilda Hunter Murder (1931), The Skull of the Waltzing Clown (1935), Ten Hours (1937), Behind That Mask (1938), The Vanishing Gold Truck (1941), The Case of the Barking Clock (1947) and The Trap (1956).

eBook Code Title/Sub-Title Pub. Yr Pages File Size Type Download Format Find Printed Copy
AHSK002 The Case of the 16 Beans 1944 118 657k eBook Download PDF - 'The Case of the 16 Beans' (AHSK002) Find a printed copy of The Case of the 16 Beans by Harry Stephen Keeler at AbeBooks
AHSK001 John Jones's Dollar 1927 8 242k eBook Download PDF - 'John Jones's Dollar' (AHSK001) Find a printed copy of John Jones's Dollar by Harry Stephen Keeler at AbeBooks

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