Edmund Crispin





Edmund Crispin

Author profile


born
in The United Kingdom
October 02, 1921

died
September 15, 1978

gender
male

genre


About this author

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...more


Average rating: 3.84 · 5,288 ratings · 519 reviews · 41 distinct works · Similar authors
The Moving Toyshop (Gervase...
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 1,719 ratings — published 1946 — 25 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Case of the Gilded Fly ...
3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 987 ratings — published 1944 — 22 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Love Lies Bleeding (Gervase...
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 736 ratings — published 1948 — 18 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Swan Song (Gervase Fen, #4)
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 370 ratings — published 1947 — 18 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Holy Disorders (Gervase Fen...
3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 380 ratings — published 1945 — 13 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Buried for Pleasure (Gervas...
3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 231 ratings — published 1948 — 12 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Frequent Hearses (Gervase F...
3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 224 ratings — published 1950 — 11 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Glimpses of the Moon (G...
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 204 ratings — published 1977 — 12 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Long Divorce (Gervase F...
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 177 ratings — published 1951 — 8 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Beware of the Trains (Gerva...
3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 108 ratings — published 1953 — 9 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Edmund Crispin…
The Case of the Gilded Fly Holy Disorders The Moving Toyshop Swan Song Love Lies Bleeding Buried for Pleasure Frequent Hearses
Gervase Fen (11 books)
by
3.839655172413793 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 5,220 ratings

Buried for Pleasure
Pan Classic Crime (1 book)
by
3.8701298701298703 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 231 ratings

Best SF Best SF Five Best SF Six
Best SF (3 books)
by
3.4375 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 16 ratings

“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.”
Edmund Crispin

“As the popularity of science-fiction increases, so inevitably does the volume of clownish imprecation against it.”
Edmund Crispin

Polls

More...

Topics Mentioning This Author