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Father's Day Recommendation for June 12: Erle Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason

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Happy Father’s Day

 

 

 

I'm feeling nostalgic, so for today's Father's Day Recommendation I'm going with a classic: Erle Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason, the book and the TV shows.

 

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Erle Stanley Gardner

(1889-1970)

Also wrote as A.A. Fair, Carleton Kendrake, Charles J. Kenney, Charles M. Green

 

Although many critics felt that Erle Stanley Gardner was not a very good novelist (Rex Stout, for example, once claimed that the Perry Mason books weren't even novels!), Gardner was one of the best selling writers of all times, and certainly one of the best-selling mystery authors ever. He was best known for creating the world's most famous fictional lawyer, Perry Mason. If that were all he ever did, he'd probably still rank a bio on this site, given that Mason, in his earliest books, was little more than a private eye licensed to practise law. But he did more, much more...

 

Gardner was born in Massachusetts, but his father's job as a mining engineer took the family all over--sometimes as far as the Klondike. A bit of a roughneck as a lad, he was constantly getting into brawls. He once boasted he was kicked out of Indiana's Valparaiso university for "slugging a professor." He also participated and organized several illegal boxing matches.

 

At this point, young Erle eventually decided that a little knowledge of the law might come in handy, so he landed a gig as a typist at an Oxnard, California law firm. He stuck around, picking up what legal knowledge he could, and three years later, without any formal training, he passed the bar in 1911, and began to practise law himself. The fledgling lawyer soon found himself gaining a rep among the Chinese and Mexican communities, with whom he developed some long-standing friendships.

 

(To his credit, characters from these communities who appeared in his fiction were not the usual stereotypical villains so popular at the time, but actually appeared as real people, or at least as real as any of Gardner's characters ever were. Let's just say in-depth characterization wasn't his strong suit.)

 

Always on the eye to increase his income, Gardner abandoned the law for a short stint, working as a tire salesman, but soon realized he missed the law and returned, this time signing on with a Ventura, Californuia firm. About this time, he also began to write, forcing himself to churn out four thousand words a night. It took two years, but he made his first sale to the pulps. It wouldn't be the last.

 

The fact is, before he'd even written a single novel, Gardner was one of America's most successful writers. He was truly the king of the pulps, writing millions and millions of words, cranking out a steady barrage of characters in everything from Black Mask to Argosy. Most of his stories dealt with one side or the other of the law (and often, both).

 

A contemporary of Carroll John Daly and Dashiell Hammett, Gardner had the longest run of any author in Black Mask, and wrote more stories for the magazine (more than a few under pseudonyms) than any other author. In fact, he probably created more characters, particularly continuing characters, for the magazine than any one else.

 

Asked once why he wrote, Gardner confessed that "I write to make money, and I write to give the reader sheer fun." He succeeded on both counts. He favoured action and dialogue over characterization or overly-complicated plots, and tended to stress "speed, situation and suspense." It was just what the pulps wanted.

 

And although his greatesr creation, Mason , never appeared in its pages, in the early 1930s Black Mask published a string of six short stories starring crusading defense lawyer Ken Corning who fought against injustice in a corrupt city. In many ways, Corning served as a rough template for Mason.

 

He created at least three dozen characters for the pulps alone. Here they are, and the pulps they mostly appeared in:

 

  • Sheriff Billy Bales (Clues)
  • Jerry Bane (another name for Paul Pry; Argosy)
  • Dave Barker
  • Black Barr (Western gunslinger/detective, AKA "Fate's Executioner)
  • Dred Bart
  • Dudley Bell (All Detective)
  • Bob Crowder
  • Dick Bentley (Dime Detective)
  • Jax Bowman (Argosy)
  • Major Copley Brane (Argosy; a freelance diplomat)
  • Perry Burke (Clues)
  • Ken Corning (slick attorney who predated Mason; Black Mask)
  • Bob Crowder (All Detective)
  • Speed Dash, The Human Fly
  • Senor Arnaz de Lobo (soldier of fortune)
  • Double Decker (Detective Story)
  • Fong Dei
  • Go Get 'Em Garver (Dime Detective)
  • Hard Rock Hogan
  • Ed Jenkins (con artist/thief, Black Mask)
  • Rex Kane (Detective Action Stories)
  • Jax Keen (Double Detective)
  • Barney Killigen (Clues)
  • Bob Larkin (adventurer-at-large and amateur juggler, whose only weapon is a pool cue)
  • Win Layton (This Week)
  • Lester Leith (gentleman con artist/thief, has his own butler, a "jauntyfigure of assured indifference.")
  • Señor Lobo (Detective Fiction Weekly)
  • The Man in the Silver Mask (Detective Fiction Weekly)
  • The Man Who Couldn't Forget, Mr. Manse (Detective Action Stories)
  • Fish Mouth McGinnis
  • Ed Migraine, the Headache
  • Sam Moraine (written under the pseudonym of Charles Kenny)
  • The Patent Leather Kid
  • Old Walrus (West and some other cowboy pulps)
  • El Paisano (he can see in the dark; Argosy)
  • The Patent Leather Kid (mostly Detective Fiction Weekly)
  • Paul Pry (con artist)
  • Steve Raney (Clues)
  • Rapp
  • Buck Riley
  • Snowy Shane (an unorthodox P.I.)
  • Dane Skarle
  • Small, Weston & Burke (or is it Smith, Weston & Burke? Dime Detective)
  • Pete Wennick (Black Mask)
  • Whispering Sands
  • Slicker Williams (an ex-convict who uses the tricks of crookery to rescue a damsel in distress)
  • Yee Dooey Wah
  • Sidney Zoom (millionaire adventurer and his police dog; Detective Fiction Weekly)

Gardner wrote for all kinds of pulps, not just Black Mask and Argosy, but also CluesAll DetectiveDime DetectiveDetective StoryDime Detective,Detective Action StoriesDouble DetectiveThis Week, Detective Fiction WeeklyWest and some other cowboy pulps). He also wrote for slicks such asCountry GentlemanCosmopolitan and The Saturday Evening Post.

 

The last year that he wrote exclusively for the pulps, 1932, saw Gardner earning around 20,000 bucks, and that's at a few cents a word! Maybe not a fortune these days, but this was the Depression. To put it in perspective, those are Stephen King-like numbers.

 

In his pulp days, Gardner was notorious for killing off the final heavies with the last bullet in the hero's gun, which led to some editors teasing him about how all his good guys seemed to be such bad shots. Gardner's alleged explanation? "At three cents a word, every time I say 'Bang' in the story I get three cents. If you think I'm going to finish the gun battle while my hero still has fifteen cents worth of unexploded ammunition in his gun, you're nuts."

 

In 1933, Gardner unleashed his first novel, The Case of the Velvet Claws, which introduced hard-boiled attorney Perry Mason. But Gardner gradually softened the character, mostly to make him more palatable to the editors of Saturday Evening Post, a market he was eager to crack. From the early fifties on, many of the Mason novels were serialized or excerpted in the Post prior to book publication, a fact that no doubt contributed to the series success, though successful movies, radio shows, comic strips and a hit TV show certainly played their part as well.

 

The Mason series proved even more popular than his short fiction. So Gardner started to write novels. But Gardner, workaholic that he was, continued with his short fiction. Besides the long-running Mason seres, he wrote a series of novels featurng the memorably mismatched private eye team of Bertha Cool and Donald Lam, as well as novels featuring Doug Selby (District Attorney) and Sherriff Bill Eldon.

 

Around this time, to keep up with demand, Garner chucked his typewriter for a bevy of six secretaries. He subsequently dictated everything!

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SHORT STORIES

  • "The Shrieking Skeleton" (December 15, 1923, Black Mask; as Charles M. Green)
  • "The Serpent's Coils" (January 1, 1934, Black Mask; as Green)
  • "The Verdict" (February 1, 1934, Black Mask; as Green)
  • "A Fair Trial" (June 1924, Black Mask; no byline)
  • "Accomodatin' a Lady" (September 1924, Black Mask; Bob Larkin)
  • "Without No Reindeer" (December 1924, Black Mask; Bob Larkin)
  • "Beyond the Law" (September 1925; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Hard As Nails" (March 1925,; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Painless Extraction" May 1925, Black Mask; Bob Larkin)
  • "Not So Darn Bad" (June 1925; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Three O'Clock in the Morning" (July 1925; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Ham, Eggs and Coffee" (August 1925, Black Mask; Bob Larkin)
  • "The Girl Goes With Me" (November 1925, Black Mask; Black Barr)
  • "The Triple Cross" (December 1925; Ed Jenkins)
  • "According to Law" (January 1926; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Goin' Into Action" (February 1926, Black Mask; Bob Larkin)
  • "Register Rage" (April 1926; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Thisissosudden!" (May 1926; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Forget 'em All" (June 1926; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Laugh That Off" (September 1926; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Buzzard Bait" (October 1926, Black Mask; Black Barr)
  • "Money, Marble and Chalk" (November 1926, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Dead Men's Letters" (December 1926, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Whispering Sand" (January 1927, Black Mask; Black Barr)
  • "The Cat-Woman" (February 1927; Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "This Way Out" " (March 1927; Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Come and Get It" " (April 1927; Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "In Full of Account" (May 1927; Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Where the Buzzards Circle" (September 1927, Black Mask; Black Barr)
  • "The Wax Dragon" (November 1927, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Grinning Gods" (December 1927, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Yellow Shadows" (February 1928, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Whispering Feet" (March 1928, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Snow Bird" (April 1928, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Out of the Shadows" (May 1928, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Fangs of Fate" (August 1928, Black Mask; Black Barr)
  • "The Devil's Deputy" (September 1928, Black Mask; Black Barr)
  • "Curse of the Killers" (November 1928, Black Mask; Black Barr)
  • "Thec Next Stiff" (December 1928, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "One Crook to Another" (January 1929, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Bracelets for Two" (February 1929, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Hooking the Crooks" (March 1929, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "No Questions Asked" (April 1929, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Scum of the Border" June 1929, Black Mask; Bob Larkin)
  • "All the Way" (July 1929, Black Mask; Bob Larkin)
  • "Spawn of the Night" (August 1929, Black Mask; Bob Larkin)
  • "Hanging Friday" (September 1929, Black Mask; Bob Larkin)
  • "Straight from the Shoulder" (October 1929, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Brass Tacks" (November 1929, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Triple Treachery" (December 1929, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Double or Quits" (January 1930, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "The Crime Crusher" (May 1930, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Hell's Kettle" (June 1930, Black Mask; also 1985, The Black Mask Boys; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Big Shot" (July 1930, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "The Valley of Little Fears" (September 3, 1930, Argosy Weekly)
    "The Crime Juggler" (October 1930, Gang World; Paul Pry)
  • "The Racket Buster" (November1930, Gang World; Paul Pry)
  • "In Round Figures" (1930, Detective Fiction Weekly; Lester Leith)
  • "The Daisy-Pusher" (December 1930 , Gang World; Paul Pry)
  • "Wiker Gets the Works" (January 1931, Gang World; Paul Pry)
  • "A Double Deal in Diamonds" (February 1931, Gang World; Paul Pry)
  • "Hot Cash"(May 23, 1931, Detective Fiction Weekly; Lester Leith)
  • "Slick and Clean" (April 1931, Gang World; Paul Pry)
  • "Tommy Talk" (July 1931, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Hairy Hands" (August 1931, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Promise to Pay" (September 1931, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "The Hot Squat" (October 1931, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Strictly Personal" (December 1931, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Face Up" (January 1932, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Feet First" (March 1932, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Straight Crooks" (April 1932, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Under the Guns" (May 1932, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Crooking Crooks" (June 1932, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Hell's Danger Signal" (June 1932, Blue Steel Magazine; Paul Pry)
  • "Rough Stuff" (July 1932, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Black and White" (September 1932, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "On Two Feet" (October 1932, Black Mask; Bob Larkin)
  • "Honest Money" (November 1932, Black Mask; Ken Corning)
  • "The Top Comes Off" (December 1932, Black Mask; Ken Corning)
  • "The Bird in the Hand" (1932, Detective Fiction Weekly; Lester Leith)
  • "Close Call" (January 1933, Black Mask; Ken Corning)
  • "The Hour of the Rat" (February 1933, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Red Jade" (March 1933, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Chinatown Murder" (April 1933, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "The Weapons of a Crook" (May 1933, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Making the Breaks" (June 1933, Black Mask; Ken Corning)
  • "The Hand of Horror" (July 1, 1933, Dime Detective)
  • "Devil's Fire" (July 1933, Black Mask; Ken Corning)
  • "Blackmail With Lead" (August 1933, Black Mask; Ken Corning)
  • "Dressed to Kill" (September 1,1933, Dime Detective; Paul Pry)
  • "Whispering Justice" (September 1933, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "The Murder Push (October 1933, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "The Cross-Stitch Killer" (November 15, 1933, Dime Detective; Paul Pry)
  • "Dead Men's Shoes" (December 1933, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Time for Murder" (1933; also 2004 The Danger Zone and Other Stories)
  • "A Guest of the House" (January 1934, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Cop Killers" (March 1934, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "New Twenties" (April 1934, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "The Kid Clips a Coupon" (April 21, 1934, Detective Fiction Weekly)
  • "Burnt Fingers" (June 1934, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "The Heavenly Rat" (September 1934, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Hot Cash" (November 1934, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "The Case of the Howling Dog" (1934; also by Perry Mason)
  • "Winged Lead" (January 1935, Black Mask; Black Barr)
  • "A Chance to Cheat" May 1935, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Crash and Carry" (October 1935, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Above the Law" (December 1935, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Beating the Bulls" (May 1936, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "This Way Out" (March 1937, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Among Thieves" (September 1937, Black Mask; Pete Wennick)
  • "Leg Man" (February 1938, Black Mask; Pete Wennick)
  • "Muscle Out" (April 1938, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Take It or Leave It" (March 1939, Black Mask; Pete Wennick)
  • "Dark Alleys" (September 1939, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "A Thousand to One" (1939, Detective Fiction Weekly; Lester Leith)
  • "Lester Leith, Magician" (1939, Detective Fiction Weekly; AKA "The Hand is Quicker Than the Eye" Lester Leith)
  • "Tong Trouble" (June 1940, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Jade Sanctuary" (December 1940, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "The Chinese People" (May 1941, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "Rain Check" (December 1941, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "The Exact Opposite" (1941, Detective Fiction Weekly; Lester Leith)
  • "Two Dead Hands" (April 1942, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "The Incredible Mr. Smith" (March 1943, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "The Gong of Vengeance" (September 1943, Black Mask; Ed Jenkins)
  • "The Clue of the Hungry Horse" (February 1947, The Country Gentleman; Sheriff Bill Eldon)
  • "The Clue of the Screaming Woman" (January 1949, The Country Gentleman)
  • "The Affair of the Reluctant Witness" (1949; also March 25, EQMM)
  • "Flight Into Disaster" (May 11, 1952, This Week May; AKA "Only by Running")
  • "The Case of the Irate Witness" (January 17, 1953, Colliers; Perry Mason)
  • "Danger Out of the Past" (May 1955, Manhunt; AKA "Protection")
  • "Escape to Danger" (1960)
  • "The Blonde in Lower Six" (September 1961, Argosy; Ed Jenkins)
    .
  • Undated
  • "The Case of the Crimson Kiss" (Perry Mason)
  • "The Case of the Crying Swallow" (Perry Mason)
  • "The Candy Kid" (Lester Leith)
  • "The Jeweled Bride"
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And more:

 

NOVELS

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And still more:

 

FILM

  • THE CASE OF THE HOWLING DOG
    (1934, Warner Brothers)
    Based on the novel by Erle Stanley Gardner
    Directed by Alan Crosland
    Starring
     Warren William as PERRY MASON
    with Helen Trenholm as Della
    .
  • THE CASE OF THE CURIOUS BRIDE
    (1935, Warner Brothers)
    Based on the novel by Erle Stanley Gardner
    Directed by Michael Curtiz
    Starring Warren William as PERRY MASON
    with Claire Dodds as Della
    .
  • THE CASE OF THE LUCKY LEGS
    (1935, Warner Brothers)
    Based on the novel by Erle Stanley Gardner
    Directed by Archie L. Mayo
    Starring Warren William as PERRY MASON
    with Genevieve Tobin as Della
    .
  • THE CASE OF THE VELVET CLAWS
    (1936, Warner Brothers)
    Based on the novel by Erle Stanley Gardner
    Directed by William Clemens
    Starring Warren William as PERRY MASON
    with Claire Dodds as Della
    .
  • THE CASE OF THE BLACK CAT
    (1936, Warner Brothers)
    Based on the novel "The Case of the Caretaker's Cat" by Erle Stanley Gardner
    Directed by William McGann
    Starring Richard Cortez as PERRY MASON
    with June Travis as Della
    .
  • THE CASE OF THE STUTTERING BISHOP
    (1937, Warner Brothers)
    Based on the novel by Erle Stanley Gardner
    Directed by William Clemens
    Starring Donald Woods as PERRY MASON.

RADIO

  • PERRY MASON
    (AKA The New Adventures of Perry Mason)
    (1943-1955, CBS)
    Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner
    Starring Barlett Robinson as PERRY MASON
    (also played by Santos Ortega, Donald Biggs, and John Larkin)
    .
  • CHRISTOPHER LONDON
    (1950, NBC)
    Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner
    Starring Glenn Ford as CHRISTOPHER LONDON

COMIC BOOKS

COMIC STRIP

  • PERRY MASON
    (October 16, 1950-June 21, 1952, Universal Syndicate)
    Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner
    Written by: Erle Stanley Gardner? (it's possible -- he liked to keep a hand in things)

TELEVISION

  • PERRY MASON
    (1957-1966, CBS)
    Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner
    Starring Raymond Burr as PERRY MASON
    .
  • PERRY MASON
    AKA The New Adventures of Perry Mason
    (1973-1974, CBS)
    Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner
    Starring Monte Markham as PERRY MASON

REFERENCE BOOKS

  • Fugate, Francis L. and Roberta B., 
    Secrets of the World's Best-Selling Writer: The Storytelling Techniques of Erle Stanley Gardner
    New York, New York: William Morrow & Company, Inc., 1980....Buy this book
    Using the mountain of personal papers, journals, notebooks and scraps of paper, coctail napkins, matchbook covers and Lord knows what else that Erle Stanley Gardner left behind, the authors try to explain his phenomenal success. A fascinating insight to the man, but I'm not sure how practical the advice is for writers. Still, it's well worth reading.
    .
  • Hughes, Dorothy,
    The Case of the Real Perry Mason
    New York: William Morrow & Company.. Buy this book
    One great mystery writer's nod to another.

RELATED LINKS

  • Erlestanleygardner.com
    It bills itself as "the Official Web site of Ventura, California's most famous son, author of Perry Mason and Champion of Human Rights" but it's essentially a plug for the Gardner Museum in Ventura and a solicitation for funds to keep the site going.

  • The Gooseberry Lay
    An excerpt from Erle Stanley Gardner's article "Getting Away with Murder," which talks about Hammett's use of"gunsel," "gooseberry lay" and so on. Part of the Rara-Avis site.
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1889 Jul 17, 1889 - Erle Stanley Gardner was born in Malden, Mass, On July 17, 1889. He moved west to California at the age of ten and though he traveled though out the world he considered himself a lifelong Californian. He passed the bar at the age of twenty-one practicing law

 

1933 1933 - But the most famous of them all came along in 1933, when American lawyer Erle Stanley Gardner, who had practiced law for about two decades, fulfilled his dream of becoming a mystery writer by writing a novel called The Case of the Velvet Claws. It introduced a ... Show more From MYSTERY!

 

1943 May 16, 1943 - By Erle Stanley Gardner. 244 pp. New York: William Morrow Co. $2. Setting: Somewhere near Los Angeles. Clues: A wrecked car with no one near it; a buried clock that runs on astronomical time; a blood-stained bullet; a revolver; a spade; a snapshot; fragments of broken glass; ... From … CASE OF THE BURIED CLOCK. By Erle Stanley Gardner. 244 pp.

 

1950 Dec 17, 1950 - Jean Bethell Gardner (118 documents) example document: Perry Mason. Release Dec. 17, 1950. By Erle Stanley Gardner Erle Stanley Gardner (172 documents) example document: The Case of the missing clue with Perry Mason. By Tommy Flach (Thomas C. Flach), introd. From … Triple-A western classic. By Peter Field, selected & with an introd. by Erle  

 

1952 May 1, 1952 - Perry Mason. May 1, 1952. Della is sent to Atlanta by bus, where trouble, danger and excitement await her. John Larkin, Erle Stanley Gardner (creator).Perry Mason is a fictional defense attorney who originally appeared in detective fiction by Erle Stanley Gardner. From perrymason's Podcast .

 

1956 1956 - In 1956, Burr auditioned for the role of District Attorney Hamilton Burger in Perry Mason, a new courtroom drama based on the highly successful novels written and created by Erle Stanley Gardner that was to air on CBS. William Talman tried out for the title 

 

1957 Jul 23, 1957 - Author Erle Stanley Gardner said here tonight that the Court of Last Resort, Which he heads, is withdrawing from the investigation into the Sheppard murder case as a result of Gov. C. William O'Neill's decision to cancel a proposed lie detector test for convicted wife - slayer 

 

1961 Aug 13, 1961 - Mystery. Writer. Erie Stanley Gardner, 71,. Just Can't Slow Up. Ferry Mason's Creator Writing More Novels. Temecula, Cal., Aug. 12 Ul- If you drive up an unmarked dirt lane toward a cluster of unpretentious ranch buildings on the hillside, you might meet a gray haired fellow bouncing 

 

1962 1962 - Publicized by Erle Stanley Gardner in 1962, Cueva de Pintada has 500 feet of walls, most of which are painted. Figures in the foreground, photographer Harry W. Crosby and Tacho Arce, provide scale for the images on the rock-shelter's south panel. 

 

1970 Mar 12, 1970 - Erle Stanley Gardner, whose Perry Mason mysteries made him the world's best selling author, died Wednesday at his ranch home at Temecula in Riverside County . Erie Stanley Gardner, 80, Dies.

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One of my favorite books by Erle Stanley Gardner is this anthology. (Mine has a different cover.)  I reread it recently and it still holds up after all these years. It's still a keeper!

 

The Case of the Irate Witness 

 

book cover of   The Case of the Irate Witness    (Perry Mason)  by  Erle Stanley Gardner

 

 

I love this picture I came across:

 

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Re: Father's Day Recommendation for June 12: Erle Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason

He is certainly impressive! His writings will surely make your TBR list grow!

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I have read a lot of these books. My brother and dad always had them around. We watched Perry Mason on TV and read the books.

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I've read some of his books. And I liked the Perry Mason series on TV. He an outstanding writer for putting out so many books.

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Re: Father's Day Recommendation for June 12: Erle Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason

eadieburke wrote:

He is certainly impressive! His writings will surely make your TBR list grow!

 

 

I read a lot of these when I was a teenager - I think they were my dad's books. His best friend was the paperback book editor for the Chicago Tribune's magazine, and he got a lot of free books. My dad preferred John D. MacDonald, I think, but I always got a kick out of Perry Mason. I still remember most of these titles - and I'm TERRIBLE with titles.