Eric Wright (writer)

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Eric Wright
Born (1929-05-04) May 4, 1929 (age 85)
London, England
Occupation Writer
Nationality Canadian

Eric Wright (born 4 May 1929) is a professor and Canadian writer of mystery novels.

Life[edit]

Wright was born on Kennington Park Road,[1] in South London, England. He is the son of seamstress Caroline (Curnow), and carter Joseph Wright.[2] Wright was born to a large poor family of ten children.[3] After growing up in Lambeth, he immigrated to Canada in 1951.[4]

Wright attended the University of Manitoba completing his B.A. in 1957, and received his M.A. in 1963 from University of Toronto.[5] Until his retirement Wright taught English at Ryerson Polytechnic University, Toronto (1958–89).[6] Wright currently lives in Toronto, Ontario with his wife and two daughters.[7]

Eric Wright is the author of four mystery/detective series, Inspector Charlie Salter Mysteries, Lucy Trimble Brenner Mysteries, Mel Pickett Mysteries, and Joe Barley Mysteries as well as a memoir Always Give a Penny to a Blind Man which covers most of Wright's life from when he was a child growing up poor in working-class London through his immigration to Canada and the beginning of his attendance at University. [8] It is said that his "early life experiences contributed to his...gift for fiction".[9] Over the years Wright has built up an international reputation among mystery lovers.[10] Wright has also written, to date, two stand-alone novels, Moodie's Tale and Finding Home, the novella "Dempsey's Lodge" and a short story "Twins".

Wright is best known for his series of police procedurals featuring Metropolitan Toronto police inspector Charlie Salter.[11] The Charlie Salter Mysteries are "noteworthy for Wright's lucid and agreeably laconic style".[12] The first Charlie Salter book, The Night the Gods Smiled, won the Arthur Ellis Award, the John Creasey Award, and the City of Toronto Book Award.

Wright's books have won numerous other awards over the years. Four of his novels have been awarded the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel. Among them The Night the Gods Smiled also received the 1984 City of Toronto Book Award, and Britain's John Creasy Memorial Award for best crime drama.[13] The Inspector Charlie Salter Mysteries Smoke Detector and Death in the Old Country, and the Joe Barley Mystery The Kidnapping of Rosie Dawn also received the Arthur Ellis Award.[14] In 1998, Wright received the Derrick Murdoch Award for lifetime contributions to Canadian crime writing. The Kidnapping of Rosie Dawn went on to be nominated for an Edgar Award.[15]

In a book review of of Wright’s novel Moodie’s Tale, Wright was described as having “created a protagonist who can conduct the reader through the convoluted maze of academic life”.[16] Moodie’s Tale (1994) follows the adventurous career of a young Cambridge graduate with an M.A. from Simcoe University. It has been said that “it would not be all that surprising… if Moodie’s Tale became an underground handbook for anyone contemplating—or currently enmeshed in – an academic career”.[17]

Bibliography[edit]

Charlie Salter Mysteries[edit]

  • The Night the Gods Smiled (1984)
  • Smoke Detector (1984)
  • Death in the Old Country (1985)
  • The Man Who Changed His Name, also published as A Single Death (1986)
  • A Body Surrounded by Water (1987)
  • A Question of Murder (1988)
  • A Sensitive Case (1990)
  • Final Cut (1991)
  • A Fine Italian Hand (1991)
  • Death by Degrees (1993)
  • The Last Hand (2001)

Lucy Trimble Brenner Mysteries[edit]

1. Death of a Sunday Writer [18](1996)Dundurn Press

2. Death on the Rocks[19] (1999)Dundurn Press

Mel Pickett Mysteries[edit]

1. Buried in Stone (1996)

2. Death of A Hired Man (2001)

Joe Barley Mysteries[edit]

  • The Kidnapping of Rosie Dawn (2000)
  • The Hemingway Caper[20] (2003) Dundurn Press
  • A Likely Story (2010)

Memoirs[edit]

  • Always Give a Penny to a Blind Man (1999)

Other[edit]

  • Moodie's Tale (1994)
  • Twins (2001)
  • Finding Home (2007)
  • Dempsey's Lodge (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wright, Eric. Always Give a Penny to a Blind Man. Key porter Books, 2002.
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. University of Toronto Press, 2002.
  3. ^ Wright, Eric. Always Give a Penny to a Blind ManKey porter Books, 2002.
  4. ^ Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. University of Toronto Press, 2002.
  5. ^ The Concise Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature. Oxford University Press Canada, 2001.
  6. ^ The Concise Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature. Oxford University Press Canada, 2001.
  7. ^ Books Bytes, http://www.booksnbytes.com/authors/wright_eric.html. Nov. 1, 2010.
  8. ^ http://www.dundurn.com/authors/eric_wright
  9. ^ The Concise Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature. Oxford University Press Canada, 2001.
  10. ^ Scholtz, Mathew. the Tillsonbug News, 2010.
  11. ^ The Concise Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature. Oxford University Press Canada, 2001.
  12. ^ The Concise Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature. Oxford University Press Canada, 2001.
  13. ^ The Concise Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature. Oxford University Press Canada, 2001.
  14. ^ The Concise Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature. Oxford University Press Canada, 2001.
  15. ^ St. Martin's Press, MacMillan Books. http://us.macmillan.com/authors/ericwright. Nov. 1, 2010.
  16. ^ Wright, Eric. Books in Canada. Toronto: Oct 1994. Vol. 23, Iss. 7; pg. 44.
  17. ^ Wright, Eric. Books in Canada. Toronto: Oct 1994. Vol. 23, Iss. 7; pg. 44.
  18. ^ http://www.dundurn.com/books/death_sunday_writer
  19. ^ http://www.dundurn.com/books/death_rocks
  20. ^ http://www.dundurn.com/hemingway_caper