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Carolyn Wells (1870-1942) was an American parodist and anthologist. Born in Rahway, New Jersey, and nearly deaf from the age of six, Wells became a librarian and later in life married Hadwin Houghton (son of publisher Bernard Houghton of Houghton Mifflin). She collected anthologies of nonsense and wrote several Sherlock Holmes parodies. Wells wrote 82 mystery novels, most featuring the bookish detective Fleming Stone, the first of which, The Clue (1909) is on the Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone List of essential mysteries. She also wrote a non-fiction instructional work, The Technique of the Mystery Story (1913).

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