Borowitz Crime Manuscripts:
Richard Austin Freeman correspondence, 1920-1941
Prepared by Dean Keller; Revised by Athena Salaba, March 12, 1996
1 slim document case, .16 cubic foot, 11th floor
Scope and Content
The collection includes letters to Vincent Starrett discussing Freeman's
work, publications, and his hope to become better known in America. There are
also two letters to P.M. Stone, and a letter from Vincent
Starrett to David Borowitz presenting Freeman's autograph letters.
The collection is arranged in chronological order.
The collection was donated by Albert and Helen Borowitz in 1995.
Richard Austin Freeman was born on April 11, 1862, in London, England and
died September 28 (or 30), 1943, in Gravesend, Kent, England. A physician, educator, and author, Freeman began his medical training at Middlesex
Hospital at the age of eighteen. He joined a medical expedition to Ashanti and
Bontuku in 1889, in which he served as physician, navigator and naturalist.
Nine years later he published his expedition experiences in Travels and Life
in Ashanti and Jaman (1898). Freeman created for his mystery novels Dr.
John Evelyn Thorndyke, a character whose work epitomized the use of scientific
methods to solve crimes. Thorndyke was introduced in The Red Thumb Mark
Freeman's scientific knowledge was reflected in his work, and especially in
The Mystery of Angelica Frood (1924), and The Shadow of the Wolf
(1925). In his stories he gives primary emphasis in the means of detection
rather than the discovery of the criminal. He reveals the criminal before
presenting the detective's investigation and solution (inverted stories). Among
his works are his first novel Golden Pool (1905), John Thorndyke's
Cases (1909), The Mystery of 31 New Inn (1912), The Penrose
Mystery (1936), Mr. Polton Explains (1940), etc. He also published
the biological-sociological study Social Decay and Regeneration (1921).
Sends his latest book; glad Starrett liked his last one; describes his
method of writing a book; has manuscripts of all his books but has not decided
how, or if, he will dispose of them; is moving to new house. Autograph Letter
Signed. 2p., 22.6cm.
Will send photograph as soon as a new one is taken; hopes Starrett's
mystery novel will be published soon; back from holiday and must put away paints
and get back to writing. Autograph Letter Signed. 2p., 17.7cm.
1930, 28 Sept.: Freeman, R[ichard] Austin. Gravesend, [England]. To [P.M.?] Stone.Thanks for article about his work, expresses hope that Stone's stories are published. [autograph letter, signed] 2 pp.
Thanks for article about his work, expresses hope that Stone's stories are published. Autograph letter, Signed. 2 pp.
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