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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 pseudonym, 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 at her parents' new home, 2 Crown Terrace in Inverness, Scotland, a place of cramped and narrow streets, but close to more prosperous districts. Bibliographic Citation link.
29 August 1925 The first publication by 'Gordon Daviot' (wrongly spelled as 'Davitt') was a poem in the Weekly Westminster (latest title of the Westminster Gazette), in an issue which also included work by Graham Greene. 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. The title alludes to Francis Bacon, who wrote that truth is the daughter of time. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
13 February 1952 Beth MacKintosh (the detective writer JT) died of cancer of the liver at the age of fifty-five, at her sister Moire's house in Streatham, South London. Moire's notice in The Times announced the death of 'Gordon Daviot'. Bibliographic Citation link.
By December 1952 The mystery novel which JT had been working on before she died appeared posthumously as The Singing Sands. Her sister Moire found the manuscript when she first entered Tey's Inverness cottage after Tey's death. Bibliographic Citation link.
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