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Lawrence Treat, American Author. Recipient Ceremonial sword Mystery Writers Japan, 1961, Edgar Allan Poe award Mystery Writers of America, 1965, 78, Special Edgar Allan Poe awardfor story in Alfred Hitchcock television Hour, 1986; prize International Crime Writer's Convention, Stockholm, 1981. Member Mystery Writers American (founder, past president), Phi Beta Kappa. M C.


Treat, Lawrence was born on December 21, 1903 in New York City. Son of Henry and Daisy (Stein) Goldstone.


Treat began his professional life as a lawyer, having attended Dartmouth College and Columbia University School of Law.


When his law firm broke up in 1928, shortly after he had begun to work there, he traveled to Paris. A friend living in Brittany provided him with free room and board, and Mr. Treat decided to settle down and teach himself to write.

His knowledge of law led him to try his hand at crime writing. He sold his very first novel and returned to the United States to write full-time. In a career that would span seventy-plus years, Treat wrote several hundred short stories for mystery magazines and other publications.

He died on Jan. 7, 1998, in his hometown of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts at the age of 94.


  • He was a founding member of the Mystery Writers of America and a two-time winner of the MWA's Edgar Award. His first award came in 1965, for the short story "H as in Homicide". His second was a Special Edgar Award in 1978 for editing a new edition of the Mystery Writer's Handbook, the MWA's guide for aspiring mystery writers, first published in 1956.



As a member of the League of American Writers, he served on its Keep America Out of War Committee in January 1940 during the period of the Hitler-Stalin pact.


Married Rose Ehrenfreund, 1943.

Henry Goldstone

Daisy (Stein) Goldstone

Rose Ehrenfreund