A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Sunday, August 9, 2015
8/9/1910 Robert Van Gulik is born
August 9, 1910. Robert Van Gulik was born in the Zutphen in the Netherlands on this day. While he was a diplomat, a musician, and man of other accomplishments, he is best remembered for his Judge Dee novels, inspired by an eighteenth century Chinese novel. The real Judge Di lived in the seventh century, but the original novel (which Van Gulik translated) bumped him up to the Ming Dynasty, approximately a thousand years later.