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 about J.I.M. Stewart:
- 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.
- In 1928, the future author graduated from Oriel College, Oxford with a BA in English Literature.
- 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.
- Upon returning to England, J.I.M. Steward embarked on an academic career until his retirement as a professor in Oxford.
- The author wrote almost fifty crime novels and many short stories under the nom de plume of Michael Innes.
- Even though he described them as “entertainments”, literary critics loved them.
- 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.
- 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).
- The two met in one novel, appropriately titled Appleby and Honeybath.
- 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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