Edogawa Ranpo

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Mar 13, 2018 09:41
Edogawa Ranpo was a Japanese mystery writer who wrote mainly between the 1920s and 1950s. Most of his works were for adults and had old style of writing with scads of grotesque descriptions. However, some of them were written for kids and even now they are popular among elementary school children. I myself borrowed many copies of his works from a school library those days.

Ranpo loved the works of western mastery writers of the time and his pseudonym "Edogawa" had been borrowed from Edgar Allan Poe, his most loved author. Intriguingly, the name of Edogawa Conan, who is a protaganist in the ongoing Japanese manga/animation series "Case Closed" aka "Detective Conan", derives from Edogawa Ranpo, as well as from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.