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Robert Barr

Robert Barr (Glasgow, 1849-Woldingham, 1912) is a Scottish-Canadian writer. When he was four, his parents immigrated to Canada. He was educated in Toronto, and then became a teacher and headmaster of a school in Windsor, Ontario. This is when he begins writing short stories and publishes them in the Detroit Free Press. Then in 1876, Barr leaves teaching in order to work full time at the paper. He uses the pseudonym “Luke Sharp”. He consequently leaves Canada and settles in London, where he starts the English edition of the Detroit Free Press. In 1892, he creates a magazine called “The Idler” and chooses Jerome K. Jerome as his partner. Barr will go on publishing numerous novels and short stories, most of them within the crime genre. Barr had great humour: He is known as the first author to have written a spoof of Sherlock Holmes, “The adventures of Sherlaw Kombs” in 1892, followed by another in 1904, “The adventure of the second swag”. Conan Doyle knew him and got along with him well. His most famous works are “The face and the mask”, “A woman intervenes”, “The triumphs of Eugène Valmont”, and “The measure of the rule”.

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  • The Absent-minded Coterie

    par Robert Barr

    ISBN : 978-1-909782-95-2
    Date de parution : 8 novembre 2014
    Nombre de pages : 58 pages

    “The absent-minded coterie” is a crime short story by the Scottish writer Robert Barr. It features French detective Eugène Valmont. In 1906, a compilation of short stories titled “The triumphs of Eugène Valmont” is published. These short stories had previously been published in 1904 and 1905 in the Saturday (...)

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