Robert Arthur, Jr.


Robert Arthur, Jr.

:"For the film producer, see Robert Arthur."Robert Jay Arthur, Jr. (November 10, 1909, Corregidor, Philippines, - May 2, 1969, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was a mystery writer known for "The Mysterious Traveler" radio series and his "Three Investigators" series of novels. He is frequently confused with the film producer Robert Arthur, who was nine days older than mystery writer Robert Arthur, Jr.

Robert Arthur, Jr. wrote a number of mystery books, mostly for children, and he also worked on the anthology television series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents".

In the 1950s and 1960s, as an uncredited ghost editor, Arthur anonymously compiled more than a dozen anthologies of mystery, suspense and supernatural stories which were purportedly edited by Alfred Hitchcock; these books were authorized by the real Hitchcock but were entirely edited by Arthur, who typically included at least one of his own stories in most of the anthologies in addition to ghostwriting for each book a foreword allegedly authored by Hitchcock.

Arthur, along with his writing partner David Kogan, was twice honored by the Mystery Writers of America with an Edgar Award for Best Radio Drama: In 1950, for "Murder by Experts", and again in 1953, for "The Mysterious Traveler". Robert Arthur, Jr. died in Philadelphia in 1969.

Arthur was a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Bibliography

"Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators" novels written by Robert Arthur:
* # 1: "The Secret of Terror Castle" (1964)
* # 2: "The Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot" (1964)
* # 3: "The Mystery of the Whispering Mummy" (1965)
* # 4: "The Mystery of the Green Ghost" (1965)
* # 5: "The Mystery of the Vanishing Treasure" (1966)
* # 6: "The Secret of Skeleton Island" (1966)
* # 7: "The Mystery of the Fiery Eye" (1967)
* # 8: "The Mystery of the Silver Spider" (1967)
* # 9: "The Mystery of the Screaming Clock" (1968)
* # 11: "The Mystery of the Talking Skull" (1969)

hort story collections written by Robert Arthur, Jr.

* "Ghosts and More Ghosts" (1963)
* "Mystery and More Mystery" (1966)

hort story collections edited by Robert Arthur, Jr.

* "Alfred Hitchcock's Haunted Houseful" (1961)
* "Alfred Hitchcock's Ghostly Gallery" (1962)
* "Alfred Hitchcock's Monster Museum" (1965)
* "Alfred Hitchcock's Sinister Spies" (1966)
* "Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbinders in Suspense" (1967)
* "Davy Jones Haunted Locker" (1965)
* "Spies and More Spies" (1967)
* "Thrillers and More Thrillers" (1968)
* "Monster Mix" (1968)

Television writing credits

* "The Unforeseen" (1960)
* "Matinee Theatre" (1955) (episode: "The Babylonian Heart")
* "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (selected episodes)

References

*cite book | last=Tuck | first=Donald H. | authorlink=Donald H. Tuck | title=The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy | location=Chicago | publisher=Advent | pages=19 | date=1974|id=ISBN 0-911682-20-1

External links

* [http://www.elizabetharthur.org/bio/rarthur.html Robert Arthur, Jr. profile by his daughter, Elizabeth Arthur]
* [http://www.threeinvestigatorsbooks.com/RobertArthur.html Three Investigators site] Books of Robert Arthur, Jr.
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