C. W. Grafton

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C. W. GraftonC. W. Grafton_header_cell_0_0_0
BornC. W. Grafton_header_cell_0_1_0 Cornelius Warren Grafton

June 16, 1909C. W. Grafton_cell_0_1_1

DiedC. W. Grafton_header_cell_0_2_0 January 31, 1982(1982-01-31) (aged 72)C. W. Grafton_cell_0_2_1
OccupationC. W. Grafton_header_cell_0_3_0 AuthorC. W. Grafton_cell_0_3_1
RelativesC. W. Grafton_header_cell_0_4_0 Sue Grafton (Daughter)C. W. Grafton_cell_0_4_1

Cornelius Warren ("Chip") Grafton (June 16, 1909 – January 31, 1982) was an American crime novelist. C. W. Grafton_sentence_0

He was born and raised in China, where his parents were working as missionaries. C. W. Grafton_sentence_1

He was educated at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina, studying law and journalism, and became a municipal bond attorney in Louisville, Kentucky. C. W. Grafton_sentence_2

The hero of his first two mystery novels (The Rat Began to Gnaw the Rope and The Rope Began to Hang the Butcher) was a lawyer named Gilmore Henry. C. W. Grafton_sentence_3

Using the first two lines of a nursery rhyme as the titles of his first two novels suggested that other Gilmore Henry novels would follow, but none did. C. W. Grafton_sentence_4

(A partial manuscript of a third novel, The Butcher Began to Kill the Ox, is known to exist.) C. W. Grafton_sentence_5

Henry did not appear in Grafton's two subsequent novels. C. W. Grafton_sentence_6

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The Rat Began to Gnaw the Rope won the 1943 Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. C. W. Grafton_sentence_7

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In World War II, Grafton served with distinction as a military deception officer in the India-Burma theater. C. W. Grafton_sentence_8

Grafton was married to Vivian Harnsberger, and they had two daughters, Sue and Ann. C. W. Grafton_sentence_9

Sue Grafton (1940-2017) was also a writer and is famous for her "Alphabet Series" of crime novels. C. W. Grafton_sentence_10

C. W. Grafton died on January 31, 1982, at the age of 72. C. W. Grafton_sentence_11

Only four months later, Sue published the first book of the series. C. W. Grafton_sentence_12

C. W. Grafton's law partner, Spencer Harper Jr., named his younger son Grafton Sharpe Harper after him. C. W. Grafton_sentence_13


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