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Matthew Head

Matthew Head is the pseudonym of John Edwin Canaday (1907-1985), an art critic and writer. Canaday was the New York Times art critic for seventeen years and authored several monographs of visual art scholarship. Under the Matthew Head pen name he wrote seven mystery novels, three of which are set in the Congo and based on his experiences traveling there as a French translator in 1943. Canaday was born in Fort Scott, KS; his series sleuth, Dr. Mary Finney is said to be from Fort Scott as well.