Friday, September 02, 2011

Happy birthday, George R. Sims.

George R. Sims,
from My Life (1917)
" long acquaintance with the criminal class was not to my disadvantage."—George R. Sims, My Life 322

Playwright, poet, writer, bulldog breeder, and bon vivant George R. Sims was born today in London in 1847. In mysterydom, he is best known as the creator of female sleuth Dorcas Dene, who is featured in Dorcas Dene, Detective (1897–98). He frequently wrote about crime, and a reference in My Life, his autobiography, makes it clear that he knew Adam Worth, the master criminal who stole the Gainsborough painting The Duchess of Devonshire. He died in 1922.

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