Edmund Clerihew Bentley

(1875—1956) writer

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was called to the bar, but made his career as a journalist on the Daily News and Daily Telegraph. In Biography for Beginners (1905) he invented the wittily absurd verse form called clerihew after his second name, and in Trent's Last Case (1913) he produced the prototype of the modern detective novel (see Detective Fiction).

Subjects: Literature.

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