Edmund Crispin





Edmund Crispin

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born
in The United Kingdom
October 02, 1921

died
September 15, 1978

gender
male

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Edmund Crispin was the pseudonym of (Robert) Bruce Montgomery (1921-1978). His first crime novel and musical composition were both accepted for publication while he was still an undergraduate at Oxford. After a brief spell of teaching, he became a full-time writer and composer (particularly of film music. He wrote the music for six of the Carry On films. But he was also well known for his concert and church music). He also edited science fiction anthologies, and became a regular crime fiction reviewer for The Sunday Times. His friends included Philip Larkin, Kingsley Amis and Agatha Christie.

He had always been a heavy drinker and, unfortunately, there was a long gap in his writing during a time when he was suffering from alcohol problems. O
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“Discretion,” said Fen with great complacency, “is my middle name.”
“I dare say. But very few people use their middle names.”
Edmund Crispin, Beware of the Trains

“None but the most blindly credulous will imaging the characters and events in this story to be anything but fictitious. It is true that the ancient and noble city of Oxford is, of all the towns of England, the likeliest progenitor of unlikely events and persons. But there are limits.”
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“As the popularity of science-fiction increases, so inevitably does the volume of clownish imprecation against it.”
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