world-aclaimed writer, playwrite and war correspondent, she was the wife
of Major Stanley M. Rinehart, United States Army
She died in 1958 at the age of 82 and was buried
with her husband in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery.
Mary Rinehart was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania on August 12, 1876 in a small house on Arch Street. Growing up Mary had a financially difficult childhood as her father was an impractical, frustrated inventor, always in pursuit of fortune and never finding it. His most practical invention was a rotary shuttle for sewing machines.
Mary attended Allegheny High School and developed a love of literature there. She wrote several short stories for the Pittsburgh newspaper and received a dollar for each story. However, she did not write again for many years.
Mary Roberts Rinehart's first book "The Circular
StairCase" was published in 1908. It was this novel that proved to the
world that mystery, crime, and humor can be combined successfully. This
literary work brought her world wide acclaim and began her professional
career. She developed the phrase, "the butler did it" which is still used
today. Throughout her career Mary Roberts wrote more than fifty books,
eight plays, hundreds of short stories, poems, travelogues and special
articles. Mary Roberts Rinehart is remembered as a world famous writer,
playwright and war correspondent. She is remembered in the literary world
for her accomplished writings about murder mystery.
RINEHART, MARY ROBERTS W/O STANLEY M
DATE OF BIRTH: 08/12/1876
DATE OF DEATH: 09/22/1958
BURIED AT: SECTION 3 SITE 4269-B N
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
WIFE OF SM RINEHART, MAJOR MED DEPT USA
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Updated: 24 January 2001 Updated: 14 June 2003 Updated: 3 September 2005