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Book Title: Erle Stanley Gardner: The Case of the Real Perry Mason|
The author of the book: Dorothy B. Hughes
ISBN 13: 9780688032821
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Edition: William Morrow & Co
Date of issue: March 1st 1978
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ERLE STANLEY GARDNER. THE CASEOF THE REAL PERRY MASON: A Biography. (1978). Dorothy B. Hughes. ****.
Dorothy Hughes was a respected and popular mystery writer of the 1960s and 70s, and took on the assignment of summarizing the life of Gardner. Gardner was, without a doubt, the most prolific writer of mysteries and crime fiction in the history of this country. He started his writing in the 1930s with entries in the ‘pulps’, small magazine efforts full of small articles and stories. As pulp sales began to decline, he then targeted the ‘slick’ magazines; think Saturday Evening Post and the like. He also produced quite a few stand-alone books featuring one or more of his signature characters. Today when you mention Gardner, people immediately think “Perry Mason.” According to a survey made in 1962, sales of Gardner’s books passed the 100-million copy mark. Later, his works were adapted for presentation on various other media, including radio, TV and film. Most of us have watched one or more of the Perry Mason episodes, which ran from September of 1957 through May of 1966. When the originals ran out, the airwaves were still full of reruns. Gardner was initially trained as a lawyer through various on-the-job training positions, but he was always looking for ways that he could become a writer. He was a tireless worker, and produced a record four novels a year – this in addition to hundreds of short stories still published in the pulps. Aside from publishing under his own name, Gardner also wrote using a variety of pen names for non-Mason stories. This biography is constructed as a life of a dedicated writer, who also enjoyed his success through a wide range of friendships. Details of his friendship with Raymond Chandler are discussed, plus his long-term, though distant relationship with Marlene Dietrich. Gardner was an outdoors person, and lived most of his life at one or another of his ranches in southern California. Hughes also takes time out to review Gardner’s writing techniques, and lays out his usual formulae for the Mason books. You cannot help but be impressed by this writer – especially by the long hours he put into his work. He managed to keep three secretaries busy while he was at work on his novels. If you are looking for a peek into the life of Erle Stanley Gardner, this book fits the bill perfectly.
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Read information about the authorDorothy B. Hughes (1904–1993) was a mystery author and literary critic. Born in Kansas City, she studied at Columbia University, and won an award from the Yale Series of Younger Poets for her first book, the poetry collection Dark Certainty (1931). After writing several unsuccessful manuscripts, she published The So Blue Marble in 1940. A New York–based mystery, it won praise for its hardboiled prose, which was due, in part, to Hughes’s editor, who demanded she cut 25,000 words from the book.
Hughes published thirteen more novels, the best known of which are In a Lonely Place (1947) and Ride the Pink Horse (1946). Both were made into successful films. In the early fifties, Hughes largely stopped writing fiction, preferring to focus on criticism, for which she would go on to win an Edgar Award. In 1978, the Mystery Writers of America presented Hughes with the Grand Master Award for literary achievement.