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Octavus Roy Cohen

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Name  Octavus Cohen
Role  Author
Ex-spouse  Inez Lopez

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Died  January 6, 1959, Los Angeles, California, United States
Movies  Jim Hanvey, Detective, I Love You Again
Education  Clemson University, Porter-Gaud School
Books  The Corpse that Walked, Gray dusk, Six seconds of darkness, Florian Slappey goes abr, The Iron Chalice
Similar People  Zane Grey, W S Van Dyke, Roy William Neill, Lloyd Bacon, Paul Powell

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Octavus Roy Cohen (1891–1959) was an American author, born in South Carolina, where he received his secondary education at the Porter Military Academy, now the exclusive Porter-Gaud School. He went on to receive a college education at the Clemson University. Between 1910 and 1912 he worked in the editorial departments of the Birmingham Ledger, the Charleston News and Courier, the Bayonne Times, and the Newark Morning Star. He became popular as a result of his stories printed in The Saturday Evening Post which concerned themselves with African-Americans. In 1913, he was admitted to the South Carolina bar and practiced law in Charleston for two years. Between 1917 and his death he published 56 books, works that included humorous and detective novels, plays, and collections of short stories. He also composed successful Broadway plays and radio, film, and television scripts. He wrote:

  • Polished Ebony (1919)
  • Gray Dusk (1920)
  • Come Seven (1920)
  • Highly Colored (1921)
  • Midnight (1922)
  • Cohen's character of Jim Hanvey, "a sort of backwoods Nero Wolfe", "one of the earliest private eyes", appeared in two films; Curtain at Eight (1933), based on his novel The Backstage Mystery, and Jim Hanvey, Detective (1937), based on his original story. "Hanvey made most of his appearances in short stories in The Saturday Evening Post, where much of ... Cohen's other work was also published. ... Cohen created a few other detectives ... one of the first black eyes, Florian Slappey, although they're more famous now for their unflattering portrayal of blacks than their historical significance."

    Jim Hanvey books by Cohen:

  • Jim Hanvey, Detective (1923, short stories)
  • Detours (1927, short stories, one featuring Hanvey)
  • The May Day Mystery (1929)
  • The Backstage Mystery (also published as Curtain at Eight) (1930)
  • Star of Earth (1932)
  • Scrambled Yeggs (1934, short stories)
  • He pronounced his first name oc-tav'us, a as in have.


    Octavus Roy Cohen Wikipedia