Monday, August 26, 2013

Buchan To 'Bond, James Bond'

As Steve King at notes, today is the birthday of the late writer John Buchan.

On this day in 1875, the lawyer-politician-writer John Buchan was born, in Perth, Scotland.

Buchan wrote prolifically and in almost all genres, but he is best known for his spy-adventure novels, particularly the first "Richard Hannay" book, The Thirty-Nine Steps.

Some trace the spy genre back to The Spy (1821) by James Fenimore Cooper, and others regard Erskine Childers's The Riddle of the Sands (1903) as the beginning, but most give Buchan credit for the kind of espionage thriller-he called them "shockers" -- that would eventually arrive at James Bond.

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