DENT, Lester


DENT, Lester
(1905-1959)
   US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Pirate Cay" for Top Notch Magazine in 1929; best known for his Doc Savage novels, which he wrote for DOC SAVAGE MAGAZINE under the house name Kenneth ROBESON (which see for details); LD wrote all but 43 of the 181 issues. He also wrote stories under his own name and other crime stories under the pseudonym Tim Ryan. Lester Dent, the Man Behind Doc Savage (1974) is a study by Robert E. WEINBERG; information about LD and about his work appears also in Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life (1973) by Philip Jose FARMER. The most complete study is Bigger than Life: The Creator of Doc Savage (1990) by Marilyn Cannaday. LD was famous in PULP-MAGAZINE circles for his Master Plot: the action-suspense formula he claimed never failed. His prose was described by James STERANKO as "bravura frenzy".
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