Edogawa Ranpo

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Birthday
21, 1894
Birthplace
Japan
Death Date
Jul 28, 1965 (70)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
21, 1894
Birthplace
Japan
Death Date
Jul 28, 1965 (70)

About

Best known for his mystery novels and stories featuring the detective character of Kogoro Akechi, this popular Japanese writer published such individual titles as The Human Leopard, The Conjurer, and The Fruits of Curiosity-Hunting.

Before Fame

After earning a degree in economics from Waseda University, he published his first piece of short fiction, "The Two-Sen Copper Coin," in 1923.

Trivia

His Boy Detective's Gang stories (featuring hero Kogoro Akechi) were as popular to young readers in Japan as the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries were to American youth of the mid Twentieth Century.

Family Life

Born Tarō Hirai in Japan's Mie Prefecture, he was the grandson of a samurai warrior.

Associated With

He was greatly influenced by the work of Edgar Allan Poe and based his pen name (Edogawa Ranpo) on Poe's name.

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