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Gladys Mitchell

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Gladys Mitchell

English author best known for her creation of Mrs. Bradley, the heroine of 66 detective novels add

Category: Literature

Born in 1901.

Countries: United Kingdom (86%), (14%)

Main connections: Agatha Christie, Dorset, Dorothy L. Sayers

Linked to: British Olympic Association, Crime Writers' Association, Goldsmiths College, Green School, Isleworth




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Gladys Mitchell was born in 1901 add something


From 1919 to 1921 she attended Goldsmiths College and University College, London add something


Upon her graduation Mitchell became a teacher of history, English and games at St Paul's School, Brentford until 1925 add something


In 1926 she obtained an external diploma in European History from University College in 1926 and she began to write novels while continuing to teach add something


Mitchell was an early member of the Detection Club along with G. K. Chesterton, Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers and throughout the 1930s was considered to be one of the "Big Three women detective writers", but she often challenged and mocked the conventions of the genre - notably in her earliest books, such as the first novel "Speedy Death", where there is a particularly surprising twist to the plot, or her parodies of Christie in "The Mystery of a Butcher's Shop" and "The Saltmarsh Murders" add something


She taught at St Anne's Senior Girls School, Ealing until 1939 add something


In the same year Minnow Press published a new edition of her rare 1940 novel "Brazen Tongue" add something


In 1941 she joined Brentford Senior Girls School where she stayed until 1950 add something


After a three year break from teaching she took a job at Matthew Arnold School, Staines, where she taught English and history, coached hurdling and wrote the annual school play until her retirement to Corfe Mullen, Dorset in 1961 add something


After her death Mitchell's work was neglected although three posthumously published novels sold well in the 1980s add something


Several of her books were published in large print editions in the mid 1980s add something

Gladys Mitchell died in 1983 add something


She continued to write until her death aged 82 on 27 July 1983 add something


A BBC television series, "The Mrs Bradley Mysteries" was produced in 1999; however, the characteristic cackle and crocodilian looks were absent, and the plots and characters were changed add something


Diana Rigg - In this BBC series, first aired in 2000, she played Gladys Mitchell's detective, Dame Beatrice Adela Le Strange Bradley, an eccentric old woman who worked for Scotland Yard as a pathologist


Something of a renaissance began in 2005 with the publication of a collection of hitherto unpublished short stories, "Sleuth's Alchemy", by Crippen and Landru add something