Willard Huntington Wright

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Noun1.Willard Huntington Wright - United States writer of detective novels (1888-1939)
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Born Willard Huntington Wright, Van Dine adopted his nom de plume after a somewhat notable career as a critic of art and literature.
Van Dine (pseudonym of <IR> WILLARD HUNTINGTON WRIGHT </IR> ), whose Philo Vance made his debut in 1926.
MENCKEN </IR> and <IR> WILLARD HUNTINGTON WRIGHT </IR> in editing <IR> SMART SET </IR> during its greatest years, for a time joined Mencken in editing <IR> AMERICAN MERCURY </IR> , and later founded his own periodical, the American Spectator.