Lester Dent

Literary Birthday – 12 October – Lester Dent

Lester Dent was born 12 October 1904 and died 11 March 1959.


  1. First line, or as near thereto as possible, introduce the hero and swat him with a fistful of trouble. Hint at a mystery, a menace or a problem to be solved–something the hero has to cope with.
  2. When writing, it helps to get at least one minor surprise to the printed page. It is reasonable to to expect these minor surprises to sort of inveigle the reader into keeping on.
  3. The idea is to avoid monotony.

Read: The Lester Dent Pulp Paper Master Fiction Plot

Lester Dent was an American pulp-fiction author. He was best known as the creator and main author of the series of novels about the superhuman scientist and adventurer Doc Savage. Titles include Lester Dent’s Zeppelin Tales and Honey in his Mouth. The 159 novels written over 16 years were credited to the house name Kenneth Robeson.

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Dell Publishing / Lyman Anderson, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 12th October 2018