Friday, November 14, 2014

A.W. Wyville

Ainsworth W. Wyville
Author
Born August 5, 1896, Denver, Colorado
Died January 25, 1982, Alameda city or county, California

Ainsworth W. Wyville was born on August 5, 1896, in Denver, Colorado. His father, Marmaduke Wyville, born in Bombay, worked for the railroad. A.W. Wyville moved around when he was young, from Omaha (1910), to Alameda (1910), to Portland, Oregon (1918, 1920, 1930). For a time, Wyville worked for Pike and Markham, photographers, in Portland. By 1940, he was in Alameda again working as a writer on the Northern California Project, presumably under the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

I have found just two credits for A.W. Wyville, the story "The Black Madonna" in Weird Tales (May 1928) and the article "Murder on the Yukon Trail" in Detective Fiction Weekly (Apr. 9, 1932). "The Black Madonna" was reprinted in 100 Wild Little Weird Tales, edited by Robert Weinberg, Stefan R. Dziemianowicz, and Martin H. Greenberg (1994). Ainsworth W. Wyville died on January 25, 1982, in Alameda city or county, California.

A.W. Wyville's Story in Weird Tales
"The Black Madonna" (May 1928)

Further Reading
"The Black Madonna" was reprinted in 100 Wild Little Weird Tales, edited by Robert Weinberg, Stefan R. Dziemianowicz, and Martin H. Greenberg (1994). 

Text copyright 2014 Terence E. Hanley

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