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Author Biography: Frederic Dannay (1905-1982), birth name Daniel (David) Nathan, was, with his cousin Manfred Lee (Manford Lepofsky) one of the original halves of the Ellery Queen writing team.

The team of Frederic Dannay (1905-1982) and Manfred B. Lee (1905-1971) -- who, as everyone knows, were Ellery Queen -- has written 53 books, including those first published under the pseudo-pseudonym of Barnaby Ross, and has edited 52 more. A conservative estimate has placed their total sales in various editions at more than 70,000,000 copies. And millions of listeners agreed when TV Guide awarded the Ellery Queen program its National Award as the best mystery show of 1950. Ellery Queen has won five annual "Edgars" (the national Mystery Writers of America awards, similar to the "Oscars" of Hollywood), including the Grand Master award of 1960, and both the silver and gold "Gertrudes" awarded by Pocket Books.

Some of Ellery Queen's last successes were And On the Eighth Day and The Player on the Other Side. He was internationally known as an editor -- Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine celebrated its sixty-fourth anniversary in 2005. His library of first editions (which is now at the University of Texas) contained the finest collection of books and manuscripts of detective short stories in the world. These facts about Queen may account for the remark by Anthony Boucher, in his profile of Manfred B. Lee and Frederic Dannay, that "Ellery Queen is the American detective story."

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