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Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2002 09:28:37 -0800
From: Michael Andre-Driussi 
Subject: Re: (urth) Edogawa Ranpo

Crush wrote:
>Anyone here familiar with the works of Edogawa Ranpo? He's (apparently) an
>influential Japanese children's mystery author who died about 1964. I was
>wondering about his (remotely possible) influence on Wolfe, but I can't find
>any of his works in English.

"Edogawa Ranpo" was the pen name of a Japanese author (the name itself is a
not-really-disguised "Japanification" of "Edgar Allan Poe").  I associate
Edogawa Ranpo's work with Japanese Gothic, with weird psycho-sexual
imagery; I was not aware that he wrote any work for children, but I
wouldn't be surprised if it is true.

Movies have been made of his work, and I've seen (I think) two: one called
"Trousseau" and the other, name I can't recall, but it involved a castle
near a cliff overlooking the sea, and the habit of a nobleman there to ride
his horse at gallop toward the cliff at a certain hour of the day.

Now Crush, what trace, however obscure, led you here?



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