Symposium and Exhibition to Celebrate Ellery Queen: Author, Detective, and Editor

NEW YORK, April 21, 2005 Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library will host a symposium on April 28, 2005, honoring the work of Frederic Dannay (1905-1982) and Manfred B. Lee (1905-1971), cousins who wrote and edited detective fiction under the name Ellery Queen. The symposium, to be held in Room 523 of Butler Library, is sponsored by Dell Magazines, publisher of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, and the Friends of the Columbia Libraries. Following the symposium there will be a reception to celebrate the opening of the new exhibition, “The Quintessential Ellery Queen: Celebrating the Centennials of Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee,” in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Butler Library, 6th Floor, East.

Beginning at 12:30 p.m., the symposium will present four topics: “Manny and Danny: Two Boys from Brooklyn,” “Ellery Queen: Sleuth of Many Faces,” “Queen of All Trades: Editor, Teacher, Critic, Scholar,” and a presentation by Ellery Queen biographer Francis M. Nevins on “Fatal Fusion: Uniting Their Separate Talents.” Seating is limited and is on a first come, first served basis. Speakers will include Steven E. Steinbock, Sarah Caldwell, Richard Dannay, Marc Dolan, Doug Greene, Edward D. Hoch, Ted Hertel, Lawrence Block, Otto Penzler, Joan Richter, Dorothy Salisbury Davis, and Francis M. Nevins.

“The Quintessential Ellery Queen” exhibition shows Dannay and Lee’s work in a variety of fields. Included in the exhibition are the papers of Fredric Dannay—given to the Library by Dannay’s sons Richard and Douglas Dannay, and first editions of the Ellery Queen books—given primarily by Lee’s daughter, Patricia Lee Caldwell

To R.S.V.P. for the exhibition opening and reception, please call 212-854-4768 or e-mail

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