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 Melville Post

Melville Post

Birth
Harrison County, West Virginia, USA
Death 23 Jun 1930 (aged 61)
Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia, USA
Burial Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 7399546 · View Source
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Author. Born Melville Davisson Post in Raccoon Creek, West Virginia, the son of Ira and Florence Davisson Post. He earned a law degree from the University West Virginia in 1892 and practiced law for 11 years. He then began writing short mystery stories that were picked up by magazines such as 'The Saturday Evening Post,' 'The Ladies Home Journal,' and 'Hearst's.' His early success – he was the most commercially successful magazine writer of his time - led him to leave his law practice in order to write full time. He and his wife were able to maintain a house they called The Chalet in Clarkson, West Virginia where they kept a polo ground and ponies. He expanded into novels, developing several series characters including Randolph Mason whose first appearance was in 'The Strange Schemes of Randolph Mason' published in 1896; Uncle Abner whose first appearance was in 'Uncle Abner, Master of Mysteries' published in 1918; Sir Henry Marquis who first appeared in the 'The Sleuth of St. James Square' published in 1920; and M. Jonquelle who appeared in 'Monsier Jonquelle, Perfect of Police of Paris' published in 1923. He died at age 61 as a result of a fall from a horse.

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  • Added: 30 Apr 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7399546
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Melville Post (19 Apr 1869–23 Jun 1930), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7399546, citing Elkview Masonic Cemetery, Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .