Julian Symons
1912-1994
 

Julian Gustave Symons was born in London. He was educated at a series of private schools. He left school at the age of fourteen and started work with an engineering company. In 1937 he founded the magazine Twentieth Century Verse which ended with the start of the war. In 1944 he was discharged from the army and started working as an advertising copywriter in London. In 1945 his first crime novel was published. In 1947 he became a full-time writer. Besides crime novels, he also wrote poetry, biographies, history and criticism. He has won the award for the best novel of the year from both the British Crime Writers' Association and the Mystery Writers' Association of America. He has been chairman of the CWA, was president of the Detection Club for nine years and in 1977 was made a Grand Master of the Swedish Academy of Detection.

 

Titles and year of publication:
 
 1) The Immaterial Murder Case  1945
 2) A Man Called Jones  1947
 3) Bland Beginning  1949
 4) The Thirty-First of February  1950
 5) The Broken Penny  1953
 6) The Narrowing Circle  1954
 7) The Paper Chase  1956
 8) The Colour of Murder ( Gold Dagger Award, Crossed Red Herrings Award)  1957
 9) The Gigantic Shadow  1958
10) The Progress of a Crime (Edgar Award)  1960
11) Murder! Murder! (short stories)  1961
12) The Killing of Francie Lake  1962
13) The End of Solomon Grundy  1964
14) The Belting Inheritance  1965
15) Francis Quarles Investigates (short stories)  1965
16) The Man Who Killed Himself  1967
17) The Man Whose Dreams Came True  1968
18) The Man Who Lost His Wife  1970
19) The Players and the Game  1972
20) Notes from Another Country (short stories)  1972
21) The Plot Against Roger Rider  1973
22) A Three-Pipe Problem  1975
23) How to Trap a Crook (short stories)  1977
24) The Blackheath Poisonings  1978
25) Sweet Adelaide  1980
26) The Great Detectives (short stories)  1981
27) The Detling Murders  1982
28) The Tigers of Subtopia (short stories)  1982
29) The Name of Annabel Lee  1983
30) The Criminal Comedy of the Contented Couple  1985
31) The Kentish Manor Murders  1988
32) Death's Darkest Face  1990
33) Something Like a Love Affair  1992
34) Bogue's Fortune  1994
35) The Man Who Hated Television (short stories)  1995
36) Playing Happy Families  1995
37) A Sort of Virtue  1996

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