Macdonald, Ross

Macdonald, Ross

▪ American author
pseudonym of  Kenneth Millar,  also called  John Macdonald  or  John Ross Macdonald  
born Dec. 13, 1915, Los Gatos, Calif., U.S.
died July 11, 1983, Santa Barbara, Calif.

      American mystery writer who is credited with elevating the detective novel (detective story) to the level of literature with his compactly written tales of murder and despair.

      Though born in California, Millar spent almost all his youth in Canada. He studied at Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate Institute (near Toronto), the University of Western Ontario (B.A., 1938), and the University of Toronto and, after some teaching and service in the U.S. Naval Reserve (1944–46), received a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1951.

      Millar, who adopted a wide array of pseudonyms, wrote his early novels under his real name; these include The Dark Tunnel (1944), Trouble Follows Me (1946), and The Three Roads (1948). Under the name John Macdonald he wrote The Moving Target (1949; reissued in 1966 as Harper), in which he introduces the shrewd private investigator Lew Archer. Macdonald then assumed the pen name John Ross Macdonald for such Lew Archer mysteries as The Way Some People Die (1951), The Ivory Grin (1952), Find a Victim (1954), and The Name Is Archer (1955). Under the name Ross Macdonald he wrote The Barbarous Coast (1956), The Doomsters (1958), and The Galton Case (1959), also featuring Lew Archer as the protagonist. Such later novels as The Underground Man (1971) and Sleeping Beauty (1973) have environmentalist themes and reflect Macdonald's abiding interest in conservation.

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