Erle Stanley Gardner
1889-1970
Pseudonyms: A.A. Fair, Carleton Kendrake and Charles J. Kenny
  

Erle Stanley Gardner was born in Malden, Massachusetts. He studied law while working at a law office. In 1911 he was admitted to the Californian bar.
In 1912 he married Natalie Talbert. The marriage lasted until 1935 when the couple separated by mutual consent.
In 1918, he returned to the legal profession in Ventura, California. A lawyer by day, he became a writer by night. Immediate success with his writing however was a long way off. His success came with the creation of 'Perry Mason' in 1933. From 1934 on, he produced two Perry Mason novels each year right up until his death. He also wrote under the pseudonyms 'A.A. Fair', 'Carleton Kendrake', and 'Charles J. Kenny'.

 

Titles and year of publication:
 
'Perry Mason' Novels
 1) The Case of the Sulky Girl  1933
 2) The Case of the Velvet Claws  1933
 3) The Case of the Curious Bride  1934
 4) The Case of the Howling Dog  1934
 5) The Case of the Lucky Legs  1934
 6) The Case of the Caretaker's Cat  1935
 7) The Case of the Counterfeit Eye  1935
 8) The Case of the Sleepwalker's Niece  1936
 9) The Case of the Stuttering Bishop  1936
10) The Case of the Dangerous Dowager  1937
11) The Case of the Lame Canary  1937
12) The Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe  1938
13) The Case of the Substitute Face  1938
14) The Case of the Perjured Parrot  1939
15) The Case of the Rolling Bones  1939
16) The Case of the Baited Hook  1940
17) The Case of the Silent Partner  1940
18) The Case of the Empty Tin  1941
19) The Case of the Haunted Husband  1941
20) The Case of the Careless Kitten  1942
21) The Case of the Drowning Duck  1942
22) The Case of the Buried Clock  1943
23) The Case of the Drowsy Mosquito  1943
24) The Case of the Crooked Candle  1944
25) The Case of the Black-Eyed Blonde  1944
26) The Case of the Gold-Diggers Purse  1945
27) The Case of the Half-Wakened Wife  1945
28) The Case of the Borrowed Brunette  1946
29) The Case of the Fan-Dancer's Horse  1947
30) The Case of the Lazy Lover  1947
31) The Case of the Lonely Heiress  1948
32) The Case of the Vagabond Virgin  1948
33) The Case of the Cautious Coquette (Contains also 2 short stories)  1949
34) The Case of the Dubious Bridegroom  1949
35) The Case of the Negligent Nymph  1950
36) The Case of the One-Eyed Witness  1950
37) The Case of the Fiery Fingers  1951
38) The Case of the Angry Mourner  1951
39) The Case of the Grinning Gorilla  1952
40) The Case of the Moth-Eaten Mink  1952
41) The Case of the Green-Eyed Sister  1953
42) The Case of the Hesitant Hostess  1953
43) The Case of the Fugitive Nurse  1954
44) The Case of the Runaway Corpse  1954
45) The Case of the Restless Redhead  1954
46) The Case of the Glamorous Ghost  1955
47) The Case of the Sunbather's Diary  1955
48) The Case of the Nervous Accomplice  1955
49) The Case of the Terrified Typist  1956
50) The Case of the Demure Defendant  1956
51) The Case of the Gilded Lily  1956
52) The Case of the Lucky Loser  1957
53) The Case of the Screaming Woman  1957
54) The Case of the Daring Decoy  1957
55) The Case of the Long-Legged Models  1958
56) The Case of the Calendar Girl  1958
57) The Case of the Foot-Loose Doll  1958
58) The Case of the Deadly Toy  1959
59) The Case of the Mythical Monkeys  1959
60) The Case of the Singing Skirt  1959
61) The Case of the Waylaid Wolf  1960
62) The Case of the Duplicate Daughter  1960
63) The Case of the Shapely Shadow  1960
64) The Case of the Spurious Spinster  1961
65) The Case of the Bigamous Spouse  1961
66) The Case of the Reluctant Model  1962
67) The Case of the Blonde Bonanza  1962
68) The Case of the Ice-Cold Hands  1962
69) The Case of the Amorous Aunt  1963
70) The Case of the Mischievous Doll  1963
71) The Case of the Stepdaughter's Secret  1963
72) The Case of the Daring Divorcee  1964
73) The Case of the Phantom Fortune  1964
74) The Case of the Horrified Heirs  1964
75) The Case of the Troubled Trustee  1965
76) The Case of the Beautiful Beggar  1965
77) The Case of the Worried Waitress  1966
78) The Case of the Queenly Contestant  1967
79) The Case of the Careless Cupid  1968
80) The Case of the Fabulous Fake  1969
81) The Case of the Fenced-In Woman  1972
82) The Case of the Postponed Murder  1973
Other Novels
 1) The D.A. Calls It Murder  1937
 2) Murder Up My Sleeve  1937
 3) The D.A. Holds a Candle  1938
 4) The D.A. Draws a Circle  1939
 5) The D.A. Goes to Trial  1940
 6) The Case of the Turning Tide  1941
 7) The D.A. Cooks a Goose  1942
 8) The Case of the Smoking Chimney  1943
 9) The D.A. Calls a Turn  1944
10) Over the Hump  1945
11) The D.A. Breaks a Seal  1946
12) The Case of the Backward Mule  1946
13) Two Clues (novelets)  1947
14) The D.A. Takes a Chance  1948
15) The D.A. Breaks an Egg  1949
16) The Case of the Musical Cow  1950
17) The Case of the Murderer's Bride (short stories)  1969
18) The Case of the Crimson Kiss (short stories)  1970
19) The Case of the Crying Swallow (short stories)  1971
20) The Case of the Irate Witness (short stories)  1972
21) The Amazing Adventures of Chester Leith (short stories)  1980
22) The Human Zero (short stories)  1981
23) The Adventures of Paul Pry (short stories)  1990
24) The Blonde in Lower Six (short stories)  1990
25) Dead Man's Letters and other short novels (short stories)  1990
Novels as 'A.A. Fair'
 1) The Bigger They Come (UK Title: Lam to the Slaughter)  1939
 2) Turn on the Heat  1940
 3) Gold Comes in Bricks  1940
 4) Spill the Jackpot!  1941
 5) Double or Quits  1941
 6) Owls Don't Blink  1942
 7) Bats Fly at Dusk  1942
 8) Cats Prowl at Night  1943
 9) Give 'Em the Axe (UK Title: An Axe to Grind)  1944
10) Crows Can't Count  1946
11) Fools Die on Friday  1947
12) Bedrooms Have Windows  1949
13) Top of the Heap  1952
14) Some Women Won't Wait  1953
15) Beware the Curves  1956
16) You Can Die Laughing  1957
17) Some Slips Don't Show  1957
18) The Count of Nine  1958
19) Pass the Gravy  1959
20) Kept Women Can't Quit  1960
21) Bachelors Get Lonely  1961
22) Shills Can't Cash Chips (UK Title: Stop at the Red Light)  1961
23) Try Anything Once  1962
24) Fish or Cut Bait  1963
25) Up for Grabs  1964
26) Cut Thin to Win  1965
27) Widows Wear Weeds  1966
28) Traps Need Fresh Bait  1967
29) All Grass Isn't Green  1970
Novel as 'Carleton Kendrake'
 1) The Clew of the Forgotten Murder  1935
Novel as 'Charles J. Kenny'
 1) This Is Murder  1935

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