A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Monday, April 17, 2017
4/17/1919 The first Edgar winner is born
April 17, 1919. Julian Fast was born on this day. In 1946 he
won the very first Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America, for
his novel, Watchful At Night, which he wrote while serving in the
Army Medical Corps. He wrote several more detective novels but is
perhaps most famous for his pop psychology books, especially Body Language
(1970). His big brother, Howard Fast, was also a the author of many
books, including mysteries under the name E.V. Cunningham..
While serving in the army he also managed to edit a famous fantasy collection called Out of This World, compiled from sources he found in army base libraries.