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Ngaio Marsh is a Mystery Writer You Should Know

 
Dame Ngaio Marsh

Dame Ngaio Marsh

Clarksville, TN – Named one of the four “Queens of Crime” along with Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham, and Dorothy L. Sayers; Edith Ngaio Marsh is the author of 32 detective novels written between 1934 and 1982. Her detective, Roderick Alleyn marries a painter, Agatha Troy, and solves crime in both England and New Zealand. He meets his wife when she was a suspect in one of the murders he investigates. No one who loves mysteries should miss her work.

Ngaio Marsh was born in New Zealand prior to 1900 when her father got around to registering her birth. It is thought that she was born on April 23rd, 1895. She was educated at St. Margaret’s College in Christchurch, New Zealand, and also studied painting in the Canterbury College School of Art before becoming a member of the Allan Wilkie company where she was an actress. When she first moved to England, she started a business as an interior decorator.

Ngaio Marsh - A Man Lay Dead «Read the rest of this article»

 

Margery Allingham is a Mystery Writer You Should Know

 
Margery Allingham

Margery Allingham

Clarksville, TN – Margery Allingham is considered one of the four “Queens of Crime” along with Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, and Dorothy L. Sayers. Margery was born in Ealing, London in 1904. Her father, Herbert John Allingham was editor of the Christian Globe and the New London Journal (for which Margery later wrote articles and Secton Blake stories). Her mother, Emily Jane Allingham, was also a contributor of stories to women’s magazines.

Margery’s aunt, Maud Hughes, ran a magazine where Margery published her first story when she was eight years old.

The family moved to the village of Layer Breton when Margery was a baby. She went to school there but returned to London in 1920 where she attended Regent Street Polytechnic. Studying drama and speech-training, Margery was able to cure a stammer she had suffered throughout her childhood. She also met her future husband, Philip Youngman Carter, at this school; he later collaborated with her and designed jackets for many of her books after they married in 1928. «Read the rest of this article»

 

Mystery Writers You Should Know: Margery Allingham

 
Margery Allingham

Margery Allingham

Margery Allingham is considered one of the four “Queens of Crime” along with Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, and Dorothy L. Sayers. Margery was born in Ealing, London in 1904. Her father, Herbert John Allingham was editor of the Christian Globe and the New London Journal (for which Margery later wrote articles and Secton Blake stories). Her mother, Emily Jane Allingham, was also a contributor of stories to women’s magazines.

Margery’s aunt, Maud Hughes, ran a magazine where Margery published her first story when she was eight years old.

The family moved to the village of Layer Breton when Margery was a baby. She went to school there but returned to London in 1920 where she attended Regent Street Polytechnic. Studying drama and speech-training, Margery was able to cure a stammer she had suffered throughout her childhood. She also met her future husband, Philip Youngman Carter, at this school; he later collaborated with her and designed jackets for many of her books after they married in 1928. «Read the rest of this article»

 


Mystery Writers You Should Know: Ngaio Marsh

 
Dame Ngaio Marsh

Dame Ngaio Marsh

Named one of the four “Queens of Crime” along with Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham, and Dorothy L. Sayers; Edith Ngaio Marsh is the author of 32 detective novels written between 1934 and 1982. Her detective, Roderick Alleyn marries a painter, Agatha Troy, and solves crime in both England and New Zealand. He meets his wife when she was a suspect in one of the murders he investigates. No one who loves mysteries should miss her work.

Ngaio Marsh was born in New Zealand prior to 1900 when her father got around to registering her birth. It is thought that she was born on April 23rd, 1895. She was educated at St. Margaret’s College in Christchurch, New Zealand, and also studied painting in the Canterbury College School of Art before becoming a member of the Allan Wilkie company where she was an actress. When she first moved to England, she started a business as an interior decorator. «Read the rest of this article»

 

What could have been entering the public domain on January 1, 2010?

 

Under the law that existed until 1978 … Works from 1953 including: Casino Royale, Marilyn Monroe’s Playboy cover, The Adventures of Augie March, the Golden Age of Science Fiction, Crick & Watson’s Nature article decoding the double helix, Disney’s Peter Pan, The Crucible….

Current US law extends copyright protections for 70 years from the date of the author’s death. (Corporate “works-for-hire” are copyrighted for 95 years.) But prior to the 1976 Copyright Act (which became effective in 1978), the maximum copyright term was 56 years (an initial term of 28 years, renewable for another 28 years). Under those laws, works published in 1953 would be passing into the public domain on January 1, 2010.

“We are the first generation to deny our own culture to ourselves. Almost no work created during your lifetime will, without conscious action by its creator, become available for you to reproduce or build upon.”

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