Mary Roberts Rinehart

American mystery writer (1876–1958) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Mary Roberts Rinehart (August 12, 1876  September 22, 1958) was an American writer, often called the American Agatha Christie.[1] Rinehart published her first mystery novel The Circular Staircase in 1908, which introduced the "had I but known" narrative style. Rinehart is also considered the source of "the butler did it" plot device in her novel The Door (1930), although the exact phrase does not appear in her work. She also worked to tell the stories and experiences of front line soldiers during World War I, one of the first women to travel to the Belgian front lines.[2]

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Mary Roberts Rinehart
Mary Roberts Rinehart (1914)
Mary Roberts Rinehart (1914)
BornMary Ella Roberts
(1876-08-12)August 12, 1876
Allegheny City, Pennsylvania (now Pittsburgh), U.S.
DiedSeptember 22, 1958(1958-09-22) (aged 82)
New York City, U.S.
OccupationWriter
GenreMystery fiction
RelativesOlive Louise (Roberts) Barton
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