ALIAS S. S. VAN DINE: The Man Who Created Philo Vance.
Edition: First printing.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, (1992) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Fascinating biography of Willard Huntington Wright (1887-1939), a writer who helped create the modern detective novel, although this was not what he wanted to be known for (thus the alias). In his early career, before he turned to popular fiction, he was editor briefly of the "Smart Set," friends with Mencken and Dreiser, and involved in the world of modern art through his brother Stanton MacDonald-Wright. INSCRIBED on the title page "To ___ A special friend of the special aunt of the author" and dated in December 1992, in the year of publication. Photographs. Source notes, bibliography, index. xxii, 296 pp. ISBN: 0-684-193582.
Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.