Elisabeth <I>Von-Aspern</I> Buchmeier

Elisabeth Von-Aspern Buchmeier

Birth
Saxony (Sachsen), Germany
Death 1989 (aged 83–84)
Manitoba, Canada
Burial Winnipeg, Greater Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Plot Old Rugged Cross Garden
Memorial ID 169413449 · View Source
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Elisabeth von Aspern was a German noblewoman, who was born in 1905 in Roettis, Plauen (Saxony, Germany). She was one of the few female pulp writers, let alone German pulp writers of her time.

Under the pseudonym, Pitt Strong, from 1928 to 1952, she wrote 610 stories of the legendary detective Tom Shark. Additionally in the early 1930s, under the nom de plume of Harald West, she wrote the Black Bird series of books.

Tom Shark. Tom Shark, the "King of Detectives," was created by "Pitt Strong" and appeared in Tom Shark, der König der Detektivs (Tom Shark, the King of the Detectives) #1-553, 1928-1939. From 1939 through 1945 von Aspern was forced to publish a Nazi-approved version of Tom Shark called Wolf Greif. After the war von Aspern resumed the series under its original title, continuing it through 1951. Tom Shark was, of course, a world-traveling and very successful detective, whose stories had titles like "Two Hellish Days," "Mister X," "The House of Horror," and "The Patient of Dr. Harbichs."

Wolf Greif. Wolf Greif was created by Elisabeth von Aspern and appeared in Wolf Greif #1-6, 1939-1941. This was the Nazi-approved version of Tom Shark, created when the Nazis outlawed series with English-sounding heroes. Wolf Greif was now a member of the police force of Rio de Janeiro, still of German descent and still a world-traveling adventurer and crime-solver. He was assisted by Peter Strunz, also a young man of German descent but now a reporter for the Journal do Commercio and the narrator of Greif's adventures. In 1941, Adolf Hitler forbade this series also.

Black Bird, created by "Harald West," appeared in Black Bird - der schwarze Vogel von Scotland Yard (Black Bird, the black bird of Scotland Yard) #1-33, 1933. He was a detective, very much in the Holmes mold and a more-or-less virtual copy of Tom Shark, although he wasn't visually Holmesian, being rather a tuxedo wearer and bearer of a pencil-thin mustache. His adventures, chronicled by his best friend, an English physician named Harald West, were often but not always set in London. In #27, "Baker Street 13," he solves a crime set at the home of the "late Sherlock Holmes."

In 1952, Elisabeth von Aspern married a prominent scholar, a physicist, and moved to Canada.

Other pseudonyms used by the authoress were: Elisabeth Ney, Eva Maria Bernauer, Hans Bundler, Ph. Collin, E. Haller, Harry Felden, Peter Glueck, William Graham, Margaret Malten, Fritz Nordmann, Peter Strunz, Harald Westmann Bernard Zech.


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  • Created by: Len
  • Added: 5 Sep 2016
  • Find a Grave Memorial 169413449
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elisabeth Von-Aspern Buchmeier (1905–1989), Find a Grave Memorial no. 169413449, citing Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Winnipeg, Greater Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada ; Maintained by Len (contributor 48078406) .