Lester Dent


Born
in La Plata, Missouri, The United States
October 12, 1904

Died
March 11, 1959

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Lester Dent (1904–1959) was born in La Plata, Missouri. In his mid-twenties, he began publishing pulp fiction stories, and moved to New York City, where he developed the successful Doc Savage Magazine with Henry Ralston, head of Street and Smith, a leading pulp publisher. The magazine ran from 1933 until 1949 and included 181 novel-length stories, of which Dent wrote the vast majority under the house name Kenneth Robeson. He also published mystery novels in a variety of genres, including the Chance Molloy series about a self-made airline owner. Dent’s own life was quite adventurous; he prospected for gold in the Southwest, lived aboard a schooner for a few years, hunted treasure in the Caribbean, launched an aerial photography company, and ...more

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Lester Dent's Zeppelin Tales

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“Criminals who went against Doc seldom wound up in prison. They either learned a lesson that made them law-abiding men the rest of their lives--or they became dead criminals. Doc never did the job halfway.”
Lester Dent

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