Tuesday, May 19, 2015

5/19/1934 Cornell Woolrich becomes a paid crime writer

May 19, 1934.  On this date Detective Fiction Weekly sent Cornell Woolrich a check for "Death Sits In The Dentist's Chair."  The story, about a reporter trying to prove that his dentist friend did not poison a patient, appeared in the August fourth issue.  It was Woolrich's first sale in the crime market.  More than a hundred followed, plus novels.  The recluse who lived with his mother in a hotel was a master of paranoia and noir.  Oh, he was paid $110 for the story.  Good money in those days.

Sources: Nevins, Francis.  First You Dream, Then You Die.
Irwin, John T.  Unless The Threat of Death is Behind Them

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