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Anthony Boucher

(William Anthony Parker White)
USA flag (1911 - 1968)

aka H H Holmes, Herman W Mudgett

Anthony Boucher (born William Anthony Parker White) (August 21, 1911 April 29, 1968) was an American science fiction editor and author of mystery novels and short stories. He was particularly influential as an editor. Between 1942 and 1947 he acted as reviewer of mostly mystery fiction for the San Francisco Chronicle. In addition to 'Anthony Boucher,' White also employed the pseudonym 'H. H. Holmes', which was the name of a 19th-century serial killer.

In a poll of 17 detective story writers and reviewers, his novel Nine Times Nine was voted as the ninth best locked room mystery of all time.

White was born in Oakland, California, and went to college at the University of Southern California. He later received a Masters degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He was admired for his mystery writing but was most noted for his editing, his science fiction anthologies, and his mystery reviews for many years in The New York Times. He was the first English translator of Jorge Luis Borges, translating "El jardín de senderos que se bifurcan" for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. He helped found the Mystery Writers of America in 1946 and, in the same year, was one of the first winners of the MWA's Edgar Award for his mystery reviews in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Genres: Science Fiction, Mystery
Series contributed to
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Anthologies edited
Anthologies containing stories by Anthony Boucher
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Short stories
Snulbug (1941)
Barrier (1942)
The Compleat Werewolf [short story] (1942)
The Ghost of Me (1942)
Q.U.R. (1942) (as by H H Holmes)
They Bite (1942)
Elsewhen (1943)
Expedition (1943)
Robinc (1943)
Sriberdegibit (1943)
Star Bride (1943)
We Print the Truth (1943)
Mr Lupescu (1945)
The Pink Caterpillar (1945)
Review Copy (1949) (as by H H Holmes)
The Quest for Saint Aquin (1951)
The Ambassadors (1952)
The Anomaly of the Empty Man (1952)
The First (1952)
The Other Inauguration (1953)
Secret of the House (1953)
Balaam (1954)
Report on the Sexual Behavior of the Extra-Sensory Perceptor (1954) (as by Herman W Mudgett)
Nellthu (1955)
A Shape in Time (1970)

Anthony Boucher recommends
8 Faces at 3 (1939)
(John J. Malone, book 1)
Craig Rice
"There has never been another mystery writer like Craig Rice."
The Innocent Flower (1945)
(MacDougal Duff, book 3)
Charlotte Armstrong
"One of the few authentic witches of modern times."
Murder of a Martinet (1951)
(Robert Macdonald)
E C R Lorac
"Mayhem and murder abound as a stately mansion becomes an elegant deathtrap. Excellent."
Never Fight a Lady (1951)
Seldon Truss
"As joyously readable thriller as you could ask."
The Green Millennium (1953)
Fritz Leiber
"Extraordinarily good."
You'll Die Next! (1954)
Harry Whittington
"The best sheer storytelling... I couldn't have held my breath any longer."
The Galton Case (1959)
(Lew Archer, book 8)
Ross MacDonald
"Exciting, beautifully plotted, and written with taste, perception and compassion."
Hopjoy Was Here (1962)
(Flaxborough, book 3)
Colin Watson
"Mr. Watson has an unforgivably sharp eye for the ridiculous."
The Light of the Day (1962)
(Arthur Abdel Simpson)
Eric Ambler
"Arthur Abdel Simpson . . . is one of fiction's most delightful rogues, and his adventures provide the best Ambler entertainment in years."
Undertow (1962)
(Johnny Fedora Espionage Assignment)
Desmond Cory
"For my money, Johnny Fedora, professional killer for British Intelligence, more than deserves to take over James Bond's avid audience."
The Bedroom Bolero (1963)
(Ed Noon, book 13)
Michael Avallone
Gideon's Vote (1964)
(Gideon, book 10)
J J Marric (John Creasey)
"The novel is wholly admirable, and no one else could possibly have written it."
Gascoyne (1966)
Stanley Crawford
"A wild novel of black humor... wonderful."
It's Cold Out There (1966)
Malcolm Braly
"Braly... exposes most of the toughly 'realistic' writers as naive romantics."
The Hollywood Murders (2000)
Ellery Queen
"Ellery Queen IS the American detectivestory."

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