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Born in Halifax, Yorkshire, England, UK
Died in Dorking, Surrey, England, UK
Birth NameJoseph Smith Fletcher

Mini Bio (1)

British mystery writer Joseph S. Fletcher was born in Halifax, England, in 1863. He was orphaned at eight months old, and was taken in and raised by his grandmother, who lived in Yorkshire. At age 18 he moved to London to get into journalism. He worked on a few newspaper, though not as a journalist, and eventually turned to freelance writing. From 1890 to 1900 he wrote pieces about the joys and sorrows of country life for the "Leeds Mercury" newspaper using the alias "Son of the Soil". His first novel, "When Charles the First Was King", was published in 1902 and garnered him some attention. From then on he wrote prolifically in all genres--poetry, fiction, history, biography, theology, romance, comedy, and pretty much everything in between.

In 1918 US President Woodrow Wilson remarked about how much he enjoyed Fletcher's mystery novel "The Middle Temple Murder", and with that endorsement American publisher Alfred Knopf began publishing some of Fletcher's many detective stories, and achieved wide popularity in the US.

Fletcher died on January 31, 1933.

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Spouse (1)

Rosamond Langbridge (? - ?) ( 1 child)

Trivia (1)

Created the character of private investigator Ronald Camberwell in a series written between 1931-37. Famous as a historian of Yorkshire, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Personal Quotes (1)

I believe I got my interest in criminology right from the fact that a famous case of fraud was heard at the Quarter Sessions at a town where I was at school--its circumstances were unusual and mysterious and the truth hard to get at; oddly enough, I have never yet used this as the basis of a story. Then, when I left school, I meant to be a barrister and I read criminal law and attended a great many queer trials for some time. But turning to journalism instead, I knew of a great many queer cases on famous murder trials. Also, I learnt a good deal about criminology in conversations with the late H.B. Irving, the famous actor, who was an expert.

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