6/27/1912. From the Bart Auerbach Collection. 3 pages, folio, typed, the 3 sheets pinned together at upper left corner, with two corrections, signed by Bentley and the publisher at end. Fold creases, but in nice condition. Item #409312
This "acknowledged masterpiece" (Dorothy Sayers) by "the father of the contemporary detective novel" (John Carter) could not find a publisher in England until it had been accepted in America. Apparently it appeared simultaneously in 1913 in both countries (titled 'The Women in Black' in America). Bentley, versatile journalist, author of nonsense verse, inventor of "clerihews," did not write another detective story for twenty-three years ('Trent's Own Case', 1936). (BA).