The Dastardly Past: E. C. Bentley.
On July 10, in 1875, E. C. Bentley was born. Bentley was the author of Trent’s Last Case, frequently listed as one of the all-time greats of mystery fiction and praised by G. K. Chesterton and Dorothy L. Sayers, alike. Chesterton even dedicated his own mystery novel, The Man Who Was Thursday, to Bentley. Bentley was also the inventor of the clerihew—his middle name—humorous verse in irregular meters highlighting historical and popular figures—rather like the poems of Ogden Nash but with a biographical twist.