Cornell Woolrich (4 December, 1903 – 25 September, 1968) was an American novelist and short stories writer known for his stories of noir crime.
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- The author’s full name is Cornell George Hopley-Woolrich. He was born in New York City but lived for a time in Mexico with his father after the couple separated.
- Mr. Woolrich dropped out of Columbia University in 1926 when his first novel called Cover Charge was published.
- Even though he was a homosexual, Mr. woolrich married the daughter of a silent film producer in 1930. The couple separated after 3 months and the marriage was annulled in 1933.
- Mr. Woolrich and his mother lived in New York’s Hotel Marseilles until her death in 1957. He then moved to Hotel Franconia.
- The author often published his stories under pseudonyms.
- Mr. Woolrich’s leg was amputated due to an infection from a shoe which was too tight and left untreated.
- Mr. Woolrich suffered from alcoholism, together with his disability it made him a recluse.
- Mr. Woolrich’s noir stories were adapted to screenplays more than any other writer.
- When he died, Mr. Woolrich weighed 89 pounds (40 kilograms).
- According to his biographer, Mr. Woolrich was the 4th best crime writer of his day (behind Dashiell Hammett, Erle Stanley Gardner and Raymond Chandler).
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