Featuring History of Mystery/Detective Fiction and Other Literary Ramblings of Elizabeth Foxwell
Monday, December 13, 2021
In praise of R. Austin Freeman.
In Hektoen International: A Journal of Medical Humanities, pulmonologist Anthony Papagiannis offers a short appreciation of R. Austin Freeman (inverted mystery master, physician, and creator of Dr. John Thorndyke, 1862–1943): "[H]e does equally well in reciting the chattering of the neighborhood
gossip, a flowery legal oration, or a layperson’s rather dumb testimony
and cross-examination at court. His details, both medical and legal, are meticulous and stand up to the knowledge of his era."