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S. S. Van Dine *

a.k.a. Willard Huntington Wright

Author Code: ASVD

Born: Oct. 15, 1888 - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

Died: Apr. 11, 1939 - New York City, New York, USA

Educated at St. Vincent College, Pomona College and Harvard University, Van Dine also studied art in Munich and Paris. On his return, he joined the Los Angeles Times as literary and art critic. From 1912 to 1914, he was the editor of The Smart Set magazine. Van Dine continued to work as a critic and journalist until 1923, when he developed a heart condition which confined him to bed for two years. During this time he immersed himself in research of crime and detection. He began writing a trilogy of detective novels in which he introduced the detective, Philo Vance, an upper-class intellectual who proved to be an immediate success with the public. At this time he adopted the "Van Dine" pseudonym which was taken from the abbreviation of "steamship" (S.S.) and an old family name, Van Dyne. The first novel, The Benson Murder Case appeared in 1926 and was followed by The "Canary" Murder Case in 1927 and The Greene Murder Case in 1928. Van Dine became extremely wealthy from his novels which included The Bishop Murder Case (1928), The Scarab Murder Case (1929), The Kennel Murder Case (1932), The Dragon Murder Case (1933), The Casino Murder Case (1934), The Kidnap Murder Case (1936), The Gracie Allen Murder Case (1938) and The Winter Murder Case (1939). Obviously, Van Dine was more imaginative in his plot construction than in his selection of titles. During the 1930's, Van Dine wrote numerous short stories for Warner Bros. in Hollywood, which were subsequently made into short films. His other works included Modern Painting (1915) and The Future of Painting (1923). Van Dine's works are still under copyright in the United States and are therefore not downloadable in that region.

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ASVD001 The Benson Murder Case [Illustrated] 1926 165 2129k eBook Download PDF - 'The Benson Murder Case [Illustrated]' (ASVD001) Find a printed copy of The Benson Murder Case [Illustrated] by S. S. Van Dine * at AbeBooks
ASVD009 The Bishop Murder Case 1928 187 1058k eBook Download PDF - 'The Bishop Murder Case' (ASVD009) Find a printed copy of The Bishop Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine * at AbeBooks
ASVD002 The Canary Murder Case [Illustrated] 1927 164 2156k eBook Download PDF - 'The Canary Murder Case [Illustrated]' (ASVD002) Find a printed copy of The Canary Murder Case [Illustrated] by S. S. Van Dine * at AbeBooks
ASVD005 The Casino Murder Case 1934 114 548k eBook Download PDF - 'The Casino Murder Case' (ASVD005) Find a printed copy of The Casino Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine * at AbeBooks
ASVD013 The Closed Arena 1930 7 147k eBook Download PDF - 'The Closed Arena' (ASVD013) Find a printed copy of The Closed Arena by S. S. Van Dine * at AbeBooks
ASVD008 The Dragon Murder Case 1933 164 887k eBook Download PDF - 'The Dragon Murder Case' (ASVD008) Find a printed copy of The Dragon Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine * at AbeBooks
ASVD012 The Garden Murder Case 1935 131 573k eBook Download PDF - 'The Garden Murder Case' (ASVD012) Find a printed copy of The Garden Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine * at AbeBooks
ASVD003 The Gracie Allen Murder Case 1938 96 420k eBook Download PDF - 'The Gracie Allen Murder Case' (ASVD003) Find a printed copy of The Gracie Allen Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine * at AbeBooks
ASVD014 The Greene Murder Case [Illustrated] 1928 187 722k eBook Download PDF - 'The Greene Murder Case [Illustrated]' (ASVD014) Find a printed copy of The Greene Murder Case [Illustrated] by S. S. Van Dine * at AbeBooks
ASVD007 The Kennel Murder Case [Illustrated] 1933 160 1069k eBook Download PDF - 'The Kennel Murder Case [Illustrated]' (ASVD007) Find a printed copy of The Kennel Murder Case [Illustrated] by S. S. Van Dine * at AbeBooks
ASVD006 The Kidnap Murder Case 1936 130 573k eBook Download PDF - 'The Kidnap Murder Case' (ASVD006) Find a printed copy of The Kidnap Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine * at AbeBooks
ASVD004 The Scarab Murder Case [Illustrated] 1930 186 2907k eBook Download PDF - 'The Scarab Murder Case [Illustrated]' (ASVD004) Find a printed copy of The Scarab Murder Case [Illustrated] by S. S. Van Dine * at AbeBooks
ASVD010 Twenty Rule for Writing Detective Stories 1939 4 113k eBook Download PDF - 'Twenty Rule for Writing Detective Stories' (ASVD010) Find a printed copy of Twenty Rule for Writing Detective Stories by S. S. Van Dine * at AbeBooks
ASVD011 The Winter Murder Case 1939 66 306k eBook Download PDF - 'The Winter Murder Case' (ASVD011) Find a printed copy of The Winter Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine * at AbeBooks

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