The Back of the Book

Rosenblatt, Roger
July 1975
New Republic;7/26/75, Vol. 173 Issue 4, p32
Profiles S. S. Van Dine, author of paperback mystery and detective novels, and the pen name of Willard Huntington Wright. Philo Vance as protagonist of Van Dine's novels; Author's observation that the most interesting thing about Vance was money; Vance as the most popular American detective of the depression; Unusual characteristics of Vance, such as wearing a kimono and sleeping till noon; Career background of Wright; Author's view that Van Dine's greatest feat with Vance is that the readers are not permitted to like him.


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