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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Vincent Starrett  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: October 26, 1886 in Toronto, Canada

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Starrett's father moved the family to Chicago in the late 1890s. He attended John Marshall High School.

Biographical and Professional Information

Starrett was a cub reporter with the Chicago Inter-Ocean in 1905. Two years later, he began working for the Chicago Daily News as a crime reporter, a feature writer and finally a war correspondent in Mexico from 1914 to 1915. During the 1920's and 1930's, Starrett wrote mystery and supernatural fiction for the pulp magazines. In 1920, he wrote a Sherlock Holmes pastiche entitled The Adventure of the Unique Hamlet. Starrett's most famous work, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, was published in 1933. Starrett retired from the Chicago Tribune afer writing a book column for 20 years. Starrett was one of the founders of the Chicago chapter of the Baker Street Irregulars.


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