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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dorothy Salisbury Davis  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Crime Fiction Fiction Mystery

Born: April 25, 1916 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Davis was born and raised in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dorothy Davis was an award winning writer. She was the author of 20 novels, seventeen of which were mysteries and three were historical novels. She also wrote numerous short stories. In 1985, The Mystery Writers of America gave Mrs. Davis a lifetime achievement award, and she came to be regarded as a grande dame among crime writers. She helped found Sisters in Crime in 1986. Davis spent her early childhood in Rhinelander, Wisconsin and in Chicago. She studied literature at Barat College in Lake Forest, Illinois and graduated in 1938. Davis worked for Swift & Co. in Chicago, Illinois as a research librarian and was an editor of ''The Merchandiser''. She was a member of the board of directors of the Palisades Free Library, an honorary member of board of directors of the Rockland County Center for the Arts and a member of the Adams Round Table.She was married to actor, Harry Davis, until his death in 1993. They were married for 47 years. At the time of her death, Davis lived in Palisades, New York. Her literary agency was McIntosh & Otis, Inc., in New York City.

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-- Seven Edgar nominations Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award in 1985