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Jacques Futrelle

Jacques Futrelle
Born (1875-04-09)April 9, 1875
Pike County, Georgia
Died April 15, 1912(1912-04-15) (aged 37)
Atlantic Ocean, aboard the RMS Titanic
Occupation Mystery writer, journalist
Nationality American
Period 1905–1912
Genre Detective fiction

Jacques Heath Futrelle (April 9, 1875 – April 15, 1912) was an American journalist and mystery writer. He is best known for writing short detective stories featuring Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen, also known as "The Thinking Machine" for his application of logic to any and all situations. Futrelle died in the sinking of the RMS Titanic.


  • Career 1
  • In popular culture 2
  • Selected works 3
    • Novels 3.1
    • Short story collections 3.2
    • Stories 3.3
  • References 4
  • Further reading 5
  • External links 6


Futrelle, who was born in Atlanta Journal, where he began their sports section; the New York Herald; the Boston Post; and the Boston American, where, in 1905, his Thinking Machine character first appeared in a serialized version of "The Problem of Cell 13". In 1895, he married fellow writer Lily May Peel, with whom he had two children, Virginia and Jacques "John" Jr.

Futrelle left the Boston American in 1906 to focus his attention on writing novels. He had a house built in Scituate, Massachusetts, which he called "Stepping Stones", and spent most of his time there until his death in 1912.

Returning from Europe aboard the

External links

  • Donald E. Wilkes Jr, Georgians Died on Titanic
  • On the Titanic: Jacques Futrelle
  • May Futrelle Survived Titanic (1994).

Further reading

  • "Futrelle Refused to Enter Lifeboat". The New York Times. 19 April 1912: 6.
  • "Futrelle's Mother is Dead". The New York Times. 30 July 1912: 1.
  • "Jacques Futrelle". Contemporary Authors. 2000. Gale Group Databases. 1 August 2003 .
  • "Says Ismay Ruled in Titanic's Boats." The New York Times. 26 June 1915: 6.



  • The Thinking Machine (1907),
    • The Flaming Phantom
    • The Great Auto Mystery
    • The Man Who Was Lost
    • The Mystery of a Studio
    • The Problem of Cell 13 (1918); a reprint of The Thinking Machine (1907)
    • The Ralston Bank Burglary
    • The Scarlet Thread
    • The Thinking Machine on the Case (1908), UK title The Professor on the Case
    • The Stolen Reubens

Short story collections


Selected works

  • Futrelle is used as the protagonist in The Titanic Murders, a novel about two murders aboard the Titanic, by Max Allan Collins.
In popular culture
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