St. Clair McKelway
(February 13, 1905 – January 10, 1980) was a writer and editor for The New Yorker
magazine beginning in 1933.
The New Yorker
In 1950, he collected several of his pieces for The New Yorker
in the book True Tales from the Annals of Crime & Rascality
. One article from that collection was the basis for the 1950 movie Mister 880
, starring Edmund Gwenn
as a small-time counterfeiter of one dollar bills, who eluded the United States Secret Service
for ten years, from 1938 to 1948.
St. Clair McKelway also wrote screenplays for two other movies in 1948: Sleep, My Love
, directed by Douglas Sirk
, and The Mating of Millie
, starring Glenn Ford
and Evelyn Keyes
. He published the book The Edinburgh Caper: A One-Man International Plot,
based on a New Yorker
In 2010, Bloomsbury USA published a paperback-original collection of 18 of McKelway's works, Reporting at Wit's End: Tales from the New Yorker
), with an appreciative introduction by Adam Gopnik
of The New Yorker.
St. Clair McKelway died at the DeWitt Nursing Home in Manhattan on January 10, 1980.
He should not be confused with his great-uncle, also named St. Clair McKelway, the editor of the Brooklyn Eagle
- Gossip: The Life And Times Of Walter Winchell (1940)
- True Tales from the Annals of Crime and Rascality (1951)
- The Edinburgh Caper: A One-Man International Plot (1962)
- The Big Little Man from Brooklyn (1969)
- Reporting at Wit's End: Tales from The New Yorker (2010)
- McKelway, St. Clair (January 1, 1949). "Annals of Crime: The Wily Wilby - I". The New Yorker. 24 (45): 23–33. Part 1 of a report on Ralph Marshall Wilby.
- McKelway, St. Clair (January 8, 1949). "Annals of Crime: The Wily Wilby - II". The New Yorker. 24 (46): 34–47. Part 2 of a report on Ralph Marshall Wilby.
- ^ a b c Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, Volume 4, edited by William Stevens Powell, Univ of North Carolina Press, p. 158.
- ^ a b c Weingarten, Marc (February 14, 2010). "On the crime beat with St. Clair McKelway". Los Angeles Times.
- ^ "New York Public Library, New Yorker Records". Archived from the original on July 9, 2007. Retrieved January 19, 2008.
- ^ a b Obituary for St. Clair McKelway by William Shawn, The New Yorker, January 28, 1980
- ^ "IMDB listing for St. Clair McKelway". Retrieved January 19, 2008.
- ^ McKelway, St Clair (October 6, 1962). "THE EDINBURGH CAPER" – via www.newyorker.com.
- ^ "Bottoms up". The Economist. February 25, 2010.
- ^ Meade, Marion (March 11, 2010). "Lonelyhearts: The Screwball World of Nathanael West and Eileen McKenney". Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – via Amazon.
- ^ a b "St. Clair McKelway; novelist, playwright". New York Daily News. January 11, 1980. p. 34. Retrieved December 8, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
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