Fun Facts Friday: J.I.M. Stewart

September 30, 2022

J.I.M. Stewart (30 September, 1906 – 12 November, 1994) was a novelist, professor, and critic from Scotland. He is known for his crime fiction books featuring Inspector John Appleby.

Fun Facts Friday: J.I.M. Stewart
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Fun Facts about J.I.M. Stewart:

  1. John Innes Mackintosh Stewart was born in Edinburgh, Scotland to Elisabeth and John Stewart. His father was the Director of Education for the city, as well as a lawyer.
  2. In 1928, the future author graduated from Oriel College, Oxford with a BA in English Literature.
  3. Using money from the Matthew Arnold Memorial Prize, and being named a Bishop Frazer’s scholar (both from Oxford), Mr. Stewart went to study psychoanalysis in Vienna.
  4. Upon returning to England, J.I.M. Steward embarked on an academic career until his retirement as a professor in Oxford.
  5. The author wrote almost fifty crime novels and many short stories under the nom de plume of Michael Innes.
  6. Even though he described them as “entertainments”, literary critics loved them.
  7. Stewart’s best known character is a Detective Inspector at Scotland Yard named Sir John Appleby. Through novels and short stories, readers follow Appleby’s rise to eventually become Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.
  8. Another character Mr. Stewart created is Charles Honeybath. Mr. Honeybath is an amateur detective, who works as a portrait painter (reminds of the Gabriel Allon series).
  9. The two met in one novel, appropriately titled Appleby and Honeybath.
  10. Steward passed away in south London, a few years before he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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