Michael Harrison (writer)

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Michael Harrison
Born (1907-04-25)25 April 1907
Milton, Kent, England
Died 13 September 1991(1991-09-13) (aged 84)
Hove, Sussex, England
Pen name Quentin Downes
Occupation writer
Genre Detective fiction, Fantasy fiction, Science Fiction

Michael Harrison (25 April 1907 – September 1991) was the pen name of English detective fiction and fantasy author Maurice Desmond Rohan.


Michael Harrison was born in Milton, Kent, England, on 25 April 1907. He attended the University of London and served briefly in the British Military Intelligence during World War II.

Harrison published seventeen novels between 1934 and 1954 when he turned to writing detective fiction. He wrote pastiches of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Poe's C. Auguste Dupin and was a noted Sherlock Holmes scholar. His most successful work, In the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes, was published in 1958.

Harrison was awarded the Occident Prize for Weep for Lycidas (1934), was named Duke of Sant Estrella by the Kingdom of Redonda (1951), and was named Irregular Shilling by The Baker Street Irregulars of New York (1964). He was a member of the Society of Authors, Crime Writers Association, Baker Street Irregulars of New York, and the Sherlock Holmes Society of London.

Harrison died in September 1991 at the age of 84.


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