Milestones, Apr. 19, 1971

Died. Manfred B. Lee, 66, co-creator of Ellery Queen, the genius of deductive detection; of a heart attack; in Roxbury, Conn. In collaboration with his cousin Frederic Dannay, Lee wrote seven books of short stories and 35 novels about Queen, the solemn first-person protagonist. The pseudonym was eventually carried over to a monthly detective-story magazine, a long-lived radio program and a television series. All told, including short-story anthologies, Ellery Queen enjoyed book sales of 125 million. Keeping their writing methods a Queenlike mystery, Lee and Dannay developed such rapport that they were...

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