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Josephine Tey was the pseudonym that Scottish writer Elizabeth Mackintosh used for her detective fiction, the genre for which she is now best known. Her other pseudonymn, Gordon Daviot, was usually reserved for what she considered to be her more serious work: her drama, three non-mystery novels, and a biography. Tey's reputation as a detective novelist grew following her death in 1952, thanks especially to her revisionist history of Richard III, The Daughter of Time, which has been credited for extending the boundaries of detective fiction. Her keen interest in history, and particularly in vindicating maligned or misrepresented figures, is evident throughout her writings.
25 June 1896 Elizabeth MacKintosh (later known as JT) was born in Inverness, Scotland. Bibliographic Citation link.
June 1951 Shortly before her death, JT published her best-known detective novel, The Daughter of Time, which successfully popularised revisionist theories about Richard III. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
13 February 1952 JT died of cancer of the liver at the age of fifty-five, in London. Bibliographic Citation link.
By December 1952 The mystery novel which JT had been working on at the time of her death appeared posthumously as The Singing Sands. Bibliographic Citation link.
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