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Phyllis Ayame Whitney (1903- )

The American novelist Phyllis Ayame Whitney, b. Yokohama, Japan, Sept. 9, 1903, first won recognition as a writer of juvenile fiction but more recently has turned to adult romances. In 1943 she received the Friends of Literature Award for Juvenile Fiction, and her textbook Writing Juvenile Fiction (1947) has become a standard. Mystery of the Haunted Pool (1960) won the Sequoyah Children's Book Award, and Mystery of the Hidden Hand (1963) won an Edgar Allen Poe award from the Mystery Writers of America. For the adult Seven Tears for Apollo (1963) and The Winter People (1969), Whitney has created chilling backgrounds filled with elements from Gothic romance.

From The Free Dictionary:

Phyllis Ayame Whitney (born September 9, 1903) is an American mystery writer. She was born in Japan to American parents and spent her early years in Asia. Rare for her genre, she writes mysteries for both the juvenile and the adult markets. A review in the New York Times has dubbed her "The Queen of the American Gothics."

Whitney has written more than seventy novels. The Mystery Writers of America gave her a Grand Master award for lifetime achievement. Some of her novels include:

  • The Trembling Hills
  • The Mystery of the Gulls
  • Red is for Murder

Her lineage: Phyllis Ayame10 WHITNEY [Charles Joseph9, Norman8, Joseph7, Elisha6, Samuel5, William4, Nathaniel3, John2, John1].

Copyright © 1999, 2006, The Whitney Research Group

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