Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 169 – The Purloined Letter

Adolph Menjou

Adolph Menjou

This time a re-visit to the father of detective story – Edgar Allan Poe in perhaps his greatest detective story. Poe was the creator of the intuitive approach to detection through his character C. Auguste Dupin. His stories influenced Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie and other early detective writers. The Purloined Letter was probably his best example of pure detection.

4 Responses to Radio Detective Story Hour Episode 169 – The Purloined Letter

  1. Could you please give the name of the author of this radio adaptation? It sounds like Clara Zay Ross. I am trying to find out more information about her. I’m interested in her because when I look up leading radio playwrights of the day, all I can find are men. Also, I’m planning on using this in my English class this coming fall, and I think more information would be helpful to me and my students.

  2. jwidner says:

    It was written by “Claris A. Ross” according to the NBC Master Logs in the Library of Congress. I’ve seen variations on her name, so not sure if your spelling is correct or what I found.

  3. Thank you very much! I wondered if I was mis-hearing you. I have never heard or seen the name Claris before, so I may be wrong about it being a woman. I also wonder if it may be a woman (Clarissa Ross?) trying to disguise herself in print as a man to further her career. I’ll keep digging.

  4. Follow-up: I found a few listings for Clarice A. Ross as adaptor, but can find nothing else on Google about this writer. It seems incredible that no other evidence of this woman exists except in credits! I wonder if the name, under either spelling, was a pseudonym. I admit I am currently stumped.

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