PERSONAL: Born February 17, 1920, in England; name originally Trevor Dudley-Smith; son of Walter and Florence (Elleston) Smith; married Jonquil Burgess (an ex-WAAF, onetime beauty contest winner, now her husband's literary manager), 1947; children: Peregrine Scott (son). Education: Attended Yardley Court Preparatory School, 1928-32, Sevenoaks Public School, 1932-38. Home: Domaine de Chateauneuf, Valbonne, Alpes Maritimes, France [Fountain Hills, Arizona].
CAREER: Apprentice racing-driver for two years prior to World War II. Full-time writer, 1946--. Military service: Royal Air Force, 1940-46. Awards, honors: Mystery Writers of America, Edgar Award for The Quiller Memorandum, 1966 [, French Grand Prix de Littérature Policière].
SIDELIGHTS: Trevor starting writing in off-duty hours in various Spitfire hangers during the war, producing a novel a fortnight under a dozen pseudonyms. Pressed for details concerning these early books, Trevor's wife, who also is her husband's agent, said that all the books were sold outright for small sums to various publishers, and, while they were valuable training, are not regarded by her or her husband as representative work, and they prefer to forget them.
[Trevor has lived in Spain and France, but now lives in the United States. An Elleston and Jonquil Trevor Collection was set up at Boston University in 1965, but material written since 1980 is now housed at Arizona State University.
HOBBIES AND OTHER INTERESTS: Chess, traveling, designing model airplanes, and astronomy, which "helps him to keep a sense of perspective."]
This entry was taken from Contemporary Authors, 1969; Volumes 5-8, First Revision. © 1963, 1969 Gale Research Company.
*Bracketed text comes from Something About The Author, 1982; Volume 28. © 1982 Gale Research Company.