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Donald J. Sobol


An award-winning children’s writer, he is most widely known for his Encyclopedia Dark brown books, which concentrate on the escapades of a and intensely clever detective. Before their studies at Oberlin University, he was an associate of the Globe War II Military Corps of Technical engineers. He started his writing profession with THE BRAND NEW York Sunlight. He was the writer of nearly seventy children’s and non-fiction books, and he also had written for numerous journals using various pencil brands. He was wedded to Rose Tiplitz Sobol. He and fellow writer, Sue Grafton, had been both recipients of Secret Authors of America honours.

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Full Name Donald J. Sobol
Date Of Birth October 4, 1924
Died July 11, 2012, Miami, Florida, United States
Place Of Birth New York
Profession Children's Author
Education Oberlin College, Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Nationality American
Awards Special Edgars Award
Star Sign Libra

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1 In addition to his Encyclopedia Brown series, he wrote more than 60 children's books on various topics, including Medieval knights, the American Revolutionary War, and the Wright Brothers.
2 He worked as a newspaper copy boy and a reporter during the 1940s and 1950s. He wrote a syndicated column, "Two Minute Mysteries," which led to the Encyclopedia Brown series.
3 His middle initial "J" didn't stand for any name.
4 Sobol has written more than 65 books.
5 His manuscripts are stored at the University of Minnesota, in the Kerlan Collection.
6 He started writing the syndicated series Two-Minute Mysteries in 1959, starring criminologist Dr. Haledjian.
7 He started his professional career as a copy boy for the New York Sun, eventually working his way up to reporter.
8 He attended the NYC Ethical Culture Fieldston School and graduated from the Fieldston School in New York City in 1942.
9 Sobol served with the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II and served in the Pacific Theater.
10 Following the war, he attended Oberlin College, where he earned a bachelor's degree. He also attended the New School of Social Research.
11 In 1949, he took a job at the New York Daily News, and worked there for two years.
12 After a brief stint as a buyer at Macy's in New York, he moved to Florida and started writing full time.
13 Son of Ira J. Sobol and Ida (Gelula) Sobol
14 Four children with wife Rose: Diane, Glenn, Eric, and John
15 Earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1948 from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, USA



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1 I am totally unqualified to be a writer. My childhood was unimpoverished and joyful. Even worse, I loved and admired my parents.

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