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Robert Arthur Jr.

Robert Arthur Jr.

An American mystery and speculative fiction writer
The basics
Occupations Screenwriter Novelist Writer Children's writer
Countries United States of America
A.K.A. Robert Arthur, Jr.
Gender male
Birth November 10, 1909 (Fort Mills)
Death May 2, 1969 (Philadelphia)
Education University of Michigan
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The details

Robert Jay Arthur Jr. (November 10, 1909 – May 2, 1969) was a writer of speculative fiction known for his work with the The Mysterious Traveler radio series and for writing The Three Investigators, a series of young adult novels.
Arthur was honoured twice by the Mystery Writers of America with an Edgar Award for Best Radio Drama. He also wrote scripts for television such as The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock's TV show, Alfred Hitchcock Presents.


Personal life

Arthur was born on November 10, 1909, in Fort Mills, Corregidor Island in the Philippines while his father Robert Arthur, Sr., was stationed there as a lieutenant in the United States Army. Arthur spent his childhood moving from place to place, wherever his father was stationed.

Although he was accepted to West Point Arthur decided not to pursue a military career like his father and instead in 1926 enrolled at William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia. After two years, he transferred to the University of Michigan, where he graduated from with a B.A. in English in 1930.

Arthur died at the age of fifty-nine in Philadelphia, on May 2, 1969.

Professional career

After graduating, he worked as an editor and later returned to the University of Michigan where he completed his M.A. in Journalism in 1932.

Writing for TV and Print

In 1959, he moved to Hollywood and began writing and editing screenplays and scripts for television shows.

His stories were published in Amazing Stories, Argosy All-Story Weekly, Black Mask, Collier's, Detective Fiction Weekly, Detective Tales, Double Detective, The Illustrated Detective Magazine, The Phantom Detective, The Shadow, Startling Stories, Street & Smith Street & Smith's Detective Story Magazine, Thrilling Detective, Unknown Worlds and Wonder Stories.

Additionally, Arthur wrote a number of mystery books for children and young adults. His most successful stories were a series of mystery books called The Three Investigators.


Arthur, along with his writing partner David Kogan, was honoured twice by the Mystery Writers of America with an Edgar Award for Best Radio Drama. First in 1950 for Murder by Experts, and then in 1953 for The Mysterious Traveler.

Other radio credits include: Dark Destiny (1942), Adventure Into Fear (1945), The Sealed Book (1945), The Teller of Tales (1950) and Mystery Time (1952).

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