'Encyclopedia Brown' Author Donald J. Sobol Passes Away
via Washington Post:
Encyclopedia Brown author Donald J. Sobol died July 11 at a hospital in South Miami, at the age of 87.
Sobol wrote dozens of books featuring boy detective Encyclopedia Brown, for which he won an Edgar Award in 1976. He also wrote the syndicated Two-Minute Mysteries series.
Here's an excerpt out of his biography, from Galleycat:
Each book in the series contains ten mysteries presented in readable sentences and enhanced with witty puns and other verbal jokes. Solutions to each case are printed in the back of the book, but readers are encouraged to solve the cases themselves, reading carefully, and using a variety of methods, including deductive reasoning, psychology, and careful observation of physical evidence. Ten-year-old Leroy Brown is called “Encyclopedia” because he is so smart that he seems to know everything you would find in a set of encyclopedias. Sobol once said, “Readers constantly ask me if Encyclopedia is a real boy. The answer is no … He is, perhaps, the boy I wanted to be — doing the things I wanted to read about but could not find in any book when I was ten.”
When I was a kid, I was a big fan of Encyclopedia Brown. There was one where Brown solved a case because a car hood wasn't hot, which it should have been if the person had been driving, like they said. I figured it out without reading the answer in the back and was remarkably proud of that. I can't believe I remember that--I must have been 8 or 9 when I read it.
Anyone else have fond memories of Sobol's writing?
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