John Buchan

John Buchan, a Scottish novelist, publisher, journalist, biographer, historian, climber, and politician, lived from 1875 to 1940. He became one of the most popular twentieth-century prose stylists thanks to his Presbyterian background as the son of a manse and his classical Oxford education. Richard Hannay and Edward Leithen's novels were beloved for their tweedy, upper-class settings, thrilling chases, and dependable reading, and he pioneered the modern thriller. As Governor-General of Canada, he died in 1940.