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The tragedy of errors and others
Queen, Ellery.
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Publication Information:
Norfolk, VA : Crippen & Landru Publishers, 1999.
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222 pages ; 23 cm
The final Ellery Queen novel: The tragedy of errors -- A letter from Frederic Dannay to Manfred B. Lee -- Short stories: Terror town -- Uncle from Australia -- The three students -- The odd man -- The honest swindler -- The reindeer clue -- Essays and reminiscences: Ellery Queen by Jon L. Breen -- Lagacy by Douglas and Richard Dannay -- The temple of his word: growing up with Ellery Queen by Rand B. Lee -- The authorship of three late Ellery Queen novels by Douglas and Richard Dannay -- Remembering my Hanai Father by Richard A. Smith, M.D. -- At work and play with Fred Dannay by Francis M. Nevins -- Fred Dannay and Manny Lee by Hillary Waugh -- Tribute to Fred Dannay by james Yaffe -- Frederic Dannay, BSI by Bill Vande Water -- The impossible Mr. Queen by Robert Adey -- Ellery Queen-Man of God by Steven Steinbock -- We may as well continue being Carrollish: a bow before the Queen by Bill Ruehlmann -- Twayblade by Catherine Aird -- Legacy of an editor by janet Hutchings -- A tribute by Edward D. Hoch -- EQMM by Michael Gilbert -- Avoiding Mr. Queen by Peter Lovesey -- A letter from an archangel by H.R.F. Keating -- A challenge to the listener: Ellery Queen on the air by David S. Siegel -- Challenge to the artists: the comic book stories of Ellery Queen by Mike W. Barr -- Ellery Queen-one of the most popular mystery writers in Japan by Hidetoshi Mori -- Queen's gambit: the life and times of Ellery Queen by Ted Hertel, Jr.
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The Tragedy of Errors is the lengthy plot outline for the final, but never published EQ novel, containing all the hallmarks of the greatest Queen tales -- the dying message, the succession of false solutions before the truth is revealed, and scrupulous fairplay to the reader. The book also contains six uncollected EQ short stories, as well as tributes and reminiscences of Ellery Queen, by family members, friends, and some of the finest current mystery writers.

Author Notes

An unsuccessful entry in a mystery story contest turned into a career for Frederic Dannay and his cousin Manfred Lee. The story was picked up for publication in 1929, and the career of Ellery Queen, the pseudonym that Dannay and Lee chose, was off and running.

The two wrote countless novels and short stories about Ellery Queen, a young detective who used reason to solve complex puzzles. Their emphasis was always on the intellectual rather than the emotional or intuitive capacities of the detective. In their successful series of novels, Ellery Queen is not only the name of the author, but also the detective-hero of the stories. Dannay and Lee founded Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine in 1941, and it proved to be important in keeping the genre vital.

Ellery Queen has won numerous awards, including the Grand Master Award in 1960 from the Mystery Writers of America. More than 150 million Ellery Queen books are in print, and there have been Ellery Queen radio and television shows, as well as movies.

(Bowker Author Biography)