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Phillpotts, Eden

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Eden Phillpotts (November, 1862 - December 29, 1960) was a British novelist, poet, and dramatist. He was born in India, educated in Plymouth, Devon, and worked as an insurance officer for 10 years before studying for the stage and eventually becoming a writer. He also wrote under the name of Harrington Hext.


He was the author of many novels, plays and poems about Dartmoor. His Dartmoor cycle of 18 novels and two volumes of short stories still have many avid readers despite the fact that many titles are out of print. Philpotts also wrote many other books with a Dartmoor setting. He was for many years the President of the Dartmoor Preservation Association and cared passionately about the conservation of Dartmoor. Philpotts was a friend and mentor of Agatha Christie, who was a fan of his work and a regular visitor to his home.


Among his detective works are The Grey Room, the plot of which is centered on a haunted room in an English manor house, and The Red Redmaynes (1922) about the murders of the members of a family, featuring the detective Peter Ganns. He also wrote several books under the name Harrington Hext.


Late in his long writing career he wrote a few books of interest to science fiction readers. The most noteworthy being Saurus which involves an alien reptilian being observing human life, somewhat after the fashion ethnographers observed peoples deemed "primitive" at that time.


Some Phillpotts books are available from Project Gutenberg.


Detective Bibliography


The End of a Life (1891)

A Tiger's Cub (1892)

A Deal With the Devil (1895)

The Farm of the Dagger (1904)

The Secret Woman (1905)

The Unlucky Number (1906)

The Sinews of War (1906) Aka Doubloons with Arnold Bennett

The Statue (1908)

The Beacon (1911)

The Three Knaves (1912)

The Master of Merripit (1914)

Faith Tresilion (1914)

Miser's Money (1920)

The Bronze Venus (1921)

The Grey Room (1921)

The Red Redmaynes (1923)

A Voice From the Dark (1925)

The Marylebone Miser (1926) Aka Jig-Saw

The Jury (1927)

The Ring Fence (1928)

Found Drowned (1931)

A Clue From the Stars (1931)

Bred in the Bone (1932)

The Captain's Curio (1933)

Mr Digweed and Mr Lumb (1933)

A Shadow Passes (1933)

Witch's Cauldron (1933)

Minions of the Moon (1934)

The Wife of Elias (1935)

Physician Heal Thyself (1935) Aka the Anniversary Murder

The Book of Avis (1936)

A Close Call (1936)

Lycanthrope (1937)

Portrait of a Scoundrel (1938)

Monkshood (1939)

Awake Deborah! (1940)

A Deed Without a Name (1941)

Ghostwater (1941)

Flower of the Gods (1942)

They Were Seven (1944)

The Changeling (1944)

There Was An Old Woman (1947)

Address Unknown (1949)

Dilemma (1949)

George and Georgina (1952)

The Hidden Hand (1952)

There Was An Old Man (1959)


As Harrington Hext

Who Killed Diana (1924)

The Monster (1925)

Number 87 (1922)

The Thing at Their Heels (1923)

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