Erle Stanley Gardner, the Creator of Lawyer Perry Mason

Erle Stanley Gardner

Erle Stanley Gardner
(1889-1970)

Creator of Lawyer
Perry Mason

Erle Stanley Gardner was an American lawyer and author of detective stories who also published under several other names. His most successful creation was Perry Mason, the fictional lawyer and crime-solver, about whom he wrote more than eighty novels.  Of course, all of Mason’s clients appeared to be guilty in the beginning but by the end of their trials he proved that they were innocent.

The character of Perry Mason was portrayed in various Hollywood films of the 1930s and 40s, and eventually became a long-running TV series with Raymond Burr as Perry Mason.

He also wrote another remarkable series of novels about District Attorney Doug Selby and his opponent, the rascally Alphonse Baker Carr. This series was the opposite of the Perry Mason novels. Prosecutor Selby was the courageous and imaginative crime solver and Lawyer Carr was the shyster shark whose clients were always “as guilty as hell”. Click Here

Velvet ClawErle Stanley Gardner’s first full length novel published in 1933 was The Case of the Velvet Claws which is about a spoiled woman who wants to keep her affairs from her powerful husband, even if it costs Perry his freedom when she swears he was on the murder scene. (Note the price of this paperback novel…..25¢.) Click Here

His last two Perry Mason novels, The Case of the Fenced-In Woman (1972) and The Case of the Postponed Murder (1973), were published after his death.

Here is a list of other Perry Mason novels:

  • The Case of the Sulky Girl (1933)
  • The Case of the Lucky Legs (1934)
  • The Case of the Howling Dog (1934)
  • The Case of the Curious Bride (1935)
  • The Case of the Counterfeit Eye (1935)
  • The Case of the Caretaker’s Cat (1935)
  • The Case of the Sleepwalker’s Niece (1936)
  • The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (1936)
  • The Case of the Dangerous Dowager (1937)
  • The Case of the Lame Canary (1937)
  • The Case of the Substitute Face (1938)
  • The Case of the Shoplifter’s Shoe (1938)
  • The Case of the Perjured Parrot (1939) The Case of the Perjured Parrot
  • The Case of the Rolling Bones (1939)
  • The Case of the Baited Hook (1940)
  • The Case of the Silent Partner (1940)
  • The Case of the Haunted Husband (1941)
  • The Case of the Empty Tin (1941)
  • The Case of the Drowning Duck (1942)
  • The Case of the Careless Kitten (1942)
  • The Case of the Buried Clock (1943)
  • The Case of the Drowsy Mosquito (1943)
  • The Case of the Crooked Candle (1944)
  • The Case of the Black-Eyed Blonde (1944)
  • The Case of the Golddigger’s Purse (1945)
  • The Case of the Half-Wakened Wife (1945)
  • The Case of the Borrowed Brunette (1946)
  • The Case of the Fan Dancer’s Horse (1947)
  • The Case of the Lazy Lover (1947)
  • The Case of the Lonely Heiress (1948)
  • The Case of the Vagabond Virgin (1948)The Case of the Vagabond Virgin
  • The Case of the Dubious Bridegroom (1949)
  • The Case of the Cautious Coquette (1949)
  • The Case of the Negligent Nymph (1950)
  • The Case of the One-Eyed Witness (1950)
  • The Case of the Fiery Fingers (1951)
  • The Case of the Angry Mourner (1951)
  • The Case of the Moth-Eaten Mink (1952)
  • The Case of the Grinning Gorilla (1952)The Case of the Grinning Gorilla
  • The Case of the Hesitant Hostess (1953)
  • The Case of the Green-Eyed Sister (1953)
  • The Case of the Fugitive Nurse (1954)
  • The Case of the Runaway Corpse (1954)
  • The Case of the Restless Redhead (1954)
  • The Case of the Sun Bather’s Diary (1955)
  • The Case of the Glamorous Ghost (1955)
  • The Case of the Nervous Accomplice (1955)
  • The Case of the Terrified Typist (1956)
  • The Case of the Gilded Lily (1956)
  • The Case of the Demure Defendant (1956)
  • The Case of the Screaming Woman (1957)
  • The Case of the Lucky Loser (1957)
  • The Case of the Daring Decoy (1957)
  • The Case of the Foot-Loose Doll (1958)
  • The Case of the Long-legged Models (1958)
  • The Case of the Calendar Girl (1958)
  • The Case of the Singing Skirt (1959)
  • The Case of the Mythical Monkeys (1959)
  • The Case of the Deadly Toy (1959)
  • The Case of the Waylaid Wolf (1960)
  • The Case of the Duplicate Daughter (1960)
  • The Case of the Shapely Shadow (1960)
  • The Case of the Spurious Spinster (1961)
  • The Case of the Bigamous Spouse (1961)
  • The Case of the Reluctant Model (1962)The Case of the Reluctant Model
  • The Case of the Blonde Bonanza (1962)
  • The Case of the Ice-Cold Hands (1962)
  • The Case of the Amorous Aunt (1963)
  • The Case of the Stepdaughter’s Secret (1963)
  • The Case of the Mischievous Doll (1963)
  • The Case of the Phantom Fortune (1964)
  • The Case of the Horrified Heirs (1964)
  • The Case of the Daring Divorcee (1964)
  • The Case of the Troubled Trustee (1965)
  • The Case of the Beautiful Beggar (1965)
  • The Case of the Worried Waitress (1966)
  • The Case of the Queenly Contestant (1967)
  • The Case of the Careless Cupid (1968)
  • The Case of the Fabulous Fake (1969)

(source : http://www.mysterycrimescene.com)

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