People, Feb. 17, 1958

Names make news. Last week these names made this news:

Mystery Spinner Erie Stanley (The Case of the Glamorous Ghost) Gardner, 68, customarily dictates his thrillers at a rate of up to 10,000 words a day, often working on as many as seven at the same time. Last December the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, reviewing two of them, hinted that such mass production could come only from a factory, implied that A. A. Fair, Gardner's best-known pseudonym, was a real, live ghost. After Gardner's indignant publishers, William Morrow & Co., all but put Lawyer...

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