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Ruth Rendell (1930-2015) Ruth Rendell was born in Essex, England on February 17, 1930. She was educated at Loughton County High School. Rendell began her career as a journalist. She wrote six novels before sending her work in to a publisher. She writes crime novels and psychological thrillers, and is best known for her Inspector Wexford books. Rendell also writes under the pseudonym Barbara Vine. Rendell has received many awards for her writing, including the Silver, Gold, and Cartier Diamond Daggers from the Crime Writers' Association, three Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America, The Arts Council National Book Awards, and The Sunday Times Literary Award. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Many of her titles have been made into films and made-for-tv movies. Rendell died on May 2, 2015. She was 85 years old. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Ruth Barbara Rendell, née Grasemann, was the only child of two schoolteachers. She got her first job as a reporter for a South Woodford newspaper and married her boss, editor Don Rendell, at age 20. The couple had one son. She published her first novel, From Doon with Death, in 1964. Ms. Rendell was a prolific writer of police procedurals and psychological suspense/crime novels exploring such themes as romantic obsession, family secrets, miscommunication, and the impact of chance and coincidence. After years of writing such critically acclaimed works and receiving many awards, in 1986 she created the pseudonym Barbara Vine. The Barbara Vine novels are more oblique and have a recurring theme of consequences from events that occurred in the past. She was made a life peer as Baroness Rendell of Babergh in 1997.
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