Correspondence, manuscript drafts, and research files of Santa Barbara mystery writer Dennis Lynds.
Dennis Lynds was born on January 15, 1924 in St. Louis, Missouri, where his parents, two English actors, happened to be working.
Soon after the birth, the family returned to London, where Dennis would spend his early childhood. When he was six years old,
they returned to the United States and eventually settled in New York City, where his father found work on Broadway. Dennis
grew up in Brooklyn, where he felt that his British accent and bohemian parents isolated him from his working-class peers.
He retreated into his imagination and began to invent exciting stories of action and adventure which were inspired by the
novels and plays to which his mother exposed him. However, his parents wanted Dennis to have a more stable life than they
had known, and so they encouraged him to pursue a career in science. He attended Brooklyn Technical High School and, after
graduation, took classes at the Cooper Union in Manhattan.
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