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Clinton H. Stagg (November 1888 – 3 May 1916) was an American screenwriter, journalist, and author.

Stagg created the fictional sleuth Thornley Colton, known as Problemist, the genre's first blind detective[1] living in New York City in the early 20th century. The independently wealthy Colton relies on his intelligence and superb senses, honed due to his blindness, and takes only the most difficult cases for the sheer pleasure of solving mysteries, often clashing with the NYPD along the way.

The Problemist series includes 8 short stories and the novel, Silver Sandals (New York : W. J. Watt & Company, 1916)." In addition, Stagg is the author the short story collection Thornley Colton, Blind Reader of Hearts (London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Company: 1915) and the novel High Speed (New York : W. J. Watt & Company, 1916).

Stagg also was employed by a newspaper in Newark, New Jersey, wrote numerous short stories and magazine articles, and later became a screenwriter of 'photoplays' during Hollywood's early era.

Stagg was killed along with his friend, writer Malcolm Strong, when the automobile he was driving overturned on a rural road in Santa Monica, California, near Los Angeles. According to The New York Times of 5 May 1916: "The loss of a front tire caused the accident. The automobile ran into a pole and overturned, pinning Strong and Stagg under it."[6] Stagg's friend, Thanhouser director George Foster Platt, was hospitalized after the wreck, but survived.


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