Josephine Tey

Standard Name: Tey, Josephine
Birth Name: Elizabeth Mackintosh
Pseudonym: Gordon Daviot
Pseudonym: Josephine Tey
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.


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Friends, Associates Dodie Smith
She formed friendships around this time with other aspiring actresses, Esmé Wynne (who later, as Esmé Wynne-Tyson , wrote plays, novels, and journalism, and who was always supportive of Smith's career) and Phyllis Morris ...
Intertextuality and Influence P. D. James
PDJ followed the English tradition of detective-story writing that has continued from the 1920s and 1930s, a genre in which many women have held dominant positions. She spoke of her adolescent reading as influenced in...
Intertextuality and Influence Ruth Rendell
The most improbable strand in this complex plot is derived from The Franchise Affair, 1948, by Josephine Tey . In this novel (a favourite of Wexford's) a girl who has in fact been away...
Intertextuality and Influence Dodie Smith
The idea for the play began with a request from playwright Gordon Daviot (a.k.a. Josephine Tey), who wrote: Will you kindly go into winter-quarters and write a play with no one in it under thirty...
Textual Features Antonia Fraser
The Dictionary of Literary Biography calls Jemima Shore a new kind of woman detective.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
Her independence, intelligence, and literary sensibility are nothing new, but her rejection of marriage and her cheerful sexual promiscuity are...
Textual Production Rosita Forbes
RF 's biography of a notorious seventeenth-century privateer (who became Lieutenant-Governor of Jamaica) appeared first at New York as Henry Morgan , Pirate in 1946, then at London as Sir Henry Morgan, Pirate and...
Textual Production Antonia Fraser
AF supplied introductions for The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England, April 1975 (by various hands), the Trollope Society 's edition of Anthony Trollope 's Framley Parsonage, 1996, and the Folio Society
Textual Production Rosemary Sutcliff
Dundee began his distinguished military career as a scourge of the Covenanters . It was cut short at the battle of Killiecrankie where he was championing James II . His early death made him indelibly...
Textual Production Sarah Waters
Waters took the idea for her plot from Josephine Tey 's The Franchise Affair, published in 1948. Setting out with the aim of exploring class tensions in the changing cultural landscape of post-war Britain...


25-26 June 1483: The child King Edward V was deposed, and...

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25-26 June 1483

The child King Edward V was deposed, and Richard III assumed the throne of England.

27 July 1689: John Graham of Claverhouse, Viscount Dundee,...

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27 July 1689

John Graham of Claverhouse, Viscount Dundee , led a force of Scottish Highlanders loyal to James II against William ite English soldiers in the pass of Killiecrankie.

1 January 1753: According to her own story, Elizabeth Canning,...

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1 January 1753

According to her own story, Elizabeth Canning , a maidservant, was abducted, after which she was imprisoned for days.


Tey, Josephine. A Shilling for Candles. Methuen, 1936.
Tey, Josephine. Brat Farrar. Peter Davies, 1949.
Tey, Josephine. Brat Farrar. Macmillan, 1950.
Tey, Josephine. Brat Farrar. Penguin, 1980.
Tey, Josephine. Claverhouse. Collins, 1937.
Gielgud, Sir John, and Josephine Tey. “Foreword”. Plays by Gordon Daviot, Peter Davies, 1954, p. ix - xii.
Tey, Josephine. Four, Five and Six by Tey. Macmillan, 1952.
Tey, Josephine. Kif. Ernest Benn, 1929.
Tey, Josephine. Leith Sands, and Other Short Plays. Duckworth, 1946.
Tey, Josephine. Miss Pym Disposes. Peter Davies, 1946.
Tey, Josephine. Plays by Gordon Daviot. Peter Davies, 1954.
Tey, Josephine. Queen of Scots. Victor Gollancz, 1934.
Tey, Josephine. Richard of Bordeaux. Victor Gollancz, 1933.
Tey, Josephine. Richard of Bordeaux. Little, Brown, 1934.
Tey, Josephine. The Daughter of Time. Peter Davies, 1951.
Tey, Josephine. The Daughter of Time. Penguin, 1954.
Tey, Josephine. The Expensive Halo. Ernest Benn, 1931.
Tey, Josephine. The Franchise Affair. Peter Davies, 1948.
Tey, Josephine. The Franchise Affair. Penguin, 1951.
Tey, Josephine. The Laughing Woman. Victor Gollancz, 1934.
Tey, Josephine. The Man in the Queue. Methuen, 1929.
Tey, Josephine. The Man in the Queue. Mandarin, 1992.
Tey, Josephine. The Privateer. Peter Davies, 1952.
Tey, Josephine. The Singing Sands. Peter Davies, 1952.
Tey, Josephine. The Stars Bow Down. Duckworth, 1939.