- J. S. Fletcher
Joseph Smith Fletcher (
7 February, 1863- 30 January, 1935) was a British journalistand writer. He wrote about 200 books on a wide variety of subjects, both fiction and non-fiction. He was one of the leading writers of detective fictionin the "Golden Age".
Fletcher was born in
Halifax, West Yorkshire, son of a clergyman. He was educated at Silcoates Schoolin Wakefield. After some study of law, he became a journalist. His first books published were poetry, and he then moved on to write numerous works of both historical fiction and history, many dealing with Yorkshire. He was made a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. In 1914 he wrote his first detective novel and went on to write over a hundred, latterly featuring private investigator, Ronald Camberwell.
Hugh Greene, ed. "Further Rivals of Sherlock Holmes", Penguin Books, 1973, ISBN 0140038914: Introduction.
* [http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/features/How-fame-eluded-a-man.1488700.jp Yorkshire Post article on Fletcher, 8 May 2006]
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