A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
9/9/1903 Phyllis Whitney is born
September 9, 1903. Phyllis A. Whitney was born on this date in Yokohama, Japan, of all places. Not that there's anything wrong with Yokohama, but Whitney is thought of as an American author, which indeed she was. Her family spent her first few years in Asia.
Whitney was often described as an author of gothic novels, although she preferred the term romantic suspense. Call it what you will, she was good at it. Among her seventy novels were two Edgar winners for Best Juvenile Mysteries. The MWA recognized her as a Grand Master in 1988. She died at the ripe old age of 104.