A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
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.