Featuring History of Mystery/Detective Fiction and Other Literary Ramblings of Elizabeth Foxwell
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Happy 95th birthday, Helen Eustis.
Edward Albert in The Fool Killer (1965)
Helen Eustis—author of the Edgar-winning The Horizontal Man (1946) and The Fool Killer (1954), friend of Carson McCullers, and ex-wife of Smith poet-professor Alfred Young Fisher—turns 95 today in New York City. Eustis is one of two living writers on the Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone list of essential mysteries (the other is Dorothy Salisbury Davis). The Best Mysteries of All Time series of Reader's Digest issued a new edition of The Horizontal Man this year. (post updated to reflect correct age from Eustis's son)