John Dickson Carr

1906 - 1977

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John Dickson Carr (November 30, 1906 – February 27, 1977) was an American author of detective stories, who also published using the pseudonyms Carter Dickson, Carr Dickson, and Roger Fairbairn. He lived in England for a number of years, and is often grouped among "British-style" mystery writers. Most (though not all) of his novels had English settings, especially country villages and estates, and English characters. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Dickson Carr has received more than 411,977 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). John Dickson Carr is the 1,549th most popular writer (down from 1,186th in 2019), the 1,907th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,451st in 2019) and the 166th most popular American Writer.

John Dickson Carr is most famous for his mystery novels and short stories.

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Notable Works

The life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Novelists, English, English Novelists, Physicians
This vivid biography, written by John Dickson Carr, a giant in the field of mystery fiction, benefits from his full access to the archives of the eminent Sir Arthur Conan Doyle—to his notebooks, diaries, press clippings, and voluminous correspondence. Like his creation Sherlock Holmes, Doyle had "a horror of destroying documents," and until his death in 1930, they accumulated to vast amount throughout his house at Windlesham. They provide many of the words incorporated by Carr in this lively portrayal of Doyle's forays into politics, his infatuation with spiritualism, his literary ambitions, and dinner-table conversations with friends like H. G. Wells and King Edward VII. Carr, then, in a sense collaborates with his subject to unfold a colorful narrative that takes Doyle from his school days at Stonyhurst to Edinburgh University and a medical practice at Southsea, where he conceived the idea of wedding scientific study to criminal investigation in the fictive person of Sherlock Holmes. It also explores the private tragedy of Doyle's first marriage and long-delayed second as it follows him into the arena of public activity, propaganda, and literary output that would win him not only celebrity but also knighthood. 8 pages of black-and-white photographs are featured.
The Emperor's Snuff-Box
The crooked hinge
Fiction, Gideon Fell (Fictitious character), Private investigators
The sudden violent death of one of two claimants to a large English estate gives rise to a series of complicated questions to be answered by Dr. Gideon Fell
The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes
Fiction, Private investigators, English Detective and mystery stories
From the son of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and one of America's greatest mystery writers, John Dickson Carr, comes twelve riveting tales based on incidents or elements of the unsolved cases of Sherlock Holmes. The plots are all new, with painstaking attention to the mood, tone, and detail of the original stories. Here is a fascinating volume of mysteries for new Sherlock fans, as well as for those who have read all the classics and crave more! The Adventure of the Seven Clocks The Adventure of the Gold Hunter The Adventure of the Wax Gamblers The Adventure of the Highgate Miracle The Adventure of the Black Baronet The Adventure of the Sealed Room The Adventure of the Foulkes Rath The Adventure of the Abbas Ruby The Adventure of the Dark Angles The Adventure of the Two Women The Adventure of the Depthford Horror The Adventure of the Red Widow
Poison in jest
Fiction, Fiction in English, Gideon Fell (Fictitious character)

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Over the past year John Dickson Carr has had the most page views in the with 70,393 views, followed by Japanese (27,017), and Italian (10,292). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Basque (55.43%), Armenian (43.13%), and Estonian (36.25%)


Among writers, John Dickson Carr ranks 1,549 out of 7,302Before him are Kim Bu-sik, Tarjei Vesaas, Ausiàs March, José de Acosta, Usama ibn Munqidh, and Elizabeth of the Trinity. After him are Consuelo de Saint-Exupéry, Junji Ito, Raymond Roussel, Elizabeth Bishop, Pío Baroja, and Antoine de Montchrestien.

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Among people born in 1906, John Dickson Carr ranks 91Before him are Phạm Văn Đồng, Franz Hössler, Carlo Scarpa, Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev, Joaquín Balaguer, and Heinz Harmel. After him are Lillian Asplund, Janet Gaynor, John Carradine, Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, Horst Schumann, and George Sanders. Among people deceased in 1977, John Dickson Carr ranks 57Before him are Princess Margaretha of Sweden, Bruno Streckenbach, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Paul Desmond, Hamida Djandoubi, and Marc Bolan. After him are Taqi al-Din al-Nabhani, Carlos Pace, Takeo Kurita, Prince Xavier of Bourbon-Parma, Félix Gouin, and Marien Ngouabi.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Dickson Carr ranks 1,907 out of 20,380Before him are Ken Norton (1943), Ernie Hudson (1945), Jon Kabat-Zinn (1944), Winsor McCay (1867), Jerry Stiller (1927), and Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. (1915). After him are Johns Hopkins (1795), Richard Rodgers (1902), Richard Sennett (1943), Daryl Hannah (1960), Bernard Baruch (1870), and Elizabeth Bishop (1911).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, John Dickson Carr ranks 166Before him are Elizabeth George (1949), James Oliver Curwood (1878), Robert Jordan (1948), Nora Roberts (1950), Edward Albee (1928), and Carson McCullers (1917). After him are Elizabeth Bishop (1911), Ben Shapiro (1984), Jeffery Deaver (1950), Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807), Dean Koontz (1945), and Langston Hughes (1902).