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Erle Stanley Gardner was a novelist and lawyer that wrote the famous Perry Mason novels. Born in 1889 in Malden, Massachusetts, he attended Palo Alto High School, California, and Valparaiso University, Indiana.

Order of Perry Mason Series

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1 The Case of the Velvet Claws 1933 Description / Buy
2 The Case of the Sulky Girl 1933 Description / Buy
3 The Case of the Lucky Legs 1934 Description / Buy
4 The Case of the Howling Dog 1934 Description / Buy
5 The Case of the Curious Bride 1934 Description / Buy
6 The Case of the Counterfeit Eye (Short Story) 1935 Description / Buy
7 The Case of the Caretaker's Cat 1935 Description / Buy
8 The Case of the Sleepwalker's Niece 1936 Description / Buy
9 The Case of the Stuttering Bishop 1936 Description / Buy
10 The Case of the Dangerous Dowager 1937 Description / Buy
11 The Case of the Lame Canary 1937 Description / Buy
12 The Case of the Substitute Face 1938 Description / Buy
13 The Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe 1938 Description / Buy
14 The Case of the Perjured Parrot 1939 Description / Buy
15 The Case of the Rolling Bones 1939 Description / Buy
16 The Case of the Baited Hook 1940 Description / Buy
17 The Case of the Silent Partner 1940 Description / Buy
18 The Case of the Haunted Husband 1941 Description / Buy
19 The Case of the Empty Tin 1941 Description / Buy
20 The Case of the Drowning Duck 1942 Description / Buy
21 The Case of the Careless Kitten 1942 Description / Buy
22 The Case of the Buried Clock 1943 Description / Buy
23 The Case of the Drowsy Mosquito 1943 Description / Buy
24 The Case of the Crooked Candle 1944 Description / Buy
25 The Case of the Black-Eyed Blonde 1944 Description / Buy
26 The Case of the Golddigger's Purse 1945 Description / Buy
27 The Case of the Half-Wakened Wife (Short Story) 1945 Description / Buy
28 The Case of the Borrowed Brunette (Short Story) 1946 Description / Buy
29 The Case of the Fan-Dancer's Horse 1946 Description / Buy
30 The Case of the Lazy Lover 1947 Description / Buy
31 The Case of the Lonely Heiress 1948 Description / Buy
32 The Case of the Vagabond Virgin 1948 Description / Buy
33 The Case of the Cautious Coquette 1949 Description / Buy
34 The Case of the Dubious Bridegroom 1949 Description / Buy
35 The Case of the Negligent Nymph 1950 Description / Buy
36 The Case of the One-Eyed Witness 1950 Description / Buy
37 The Case of the Fiery Fingers 1951 Description / Buy
38 The Case of the Angry Mourner 1951 Description / Buy
39 The Case of the Moth-Eaten Mink 1952 Description / Buy
40 The Case of the Grinning Gorilla 1952 Description / Buy
41 The Case of the Hesitant Hostess 1953 Description / Buy
42 The Case of the Green-Eyed Sister (Short Story) 1953 Description / Buy
43 The Case of the Fugitive Nurse (Short Story) 1954 Description / Buy
44 The Case of the Runaway Corpse 1954 Description / Buy
45 The Case of the Restless Redhead 1954 Description / Buy
46 The Case of the Sun Bather's Diary 1955 Description / Buy
47 The Case of the Glamorous Ghost 1955 Description / Buy
48 The Case of the Nervous Accomplice 1955 Description / Buy
49 The Case of the Terrified Typist 1955 Description / Buy
50 The Case of the Gilded Lily 1956 Description / Buy
51 The Case of the Demure Defendant 1956 Description / Buy
52 The Case of The Screaming Woman 1957 Description / Buy
53 The Case of the Lucky Loser (Short Story) 1957 Description / Buy
54 The Case of the Daring Decoy 1957 Description / Buy
55 The Case of the Foot-Loose Doll 1958 Description / Buy
56 The Case of the Long-Legged Models 1958 Description / Buy
57 The Case of the Calendar Girl 1958 Description / Buy
58 The Case of the Singing Skirt (Short Story) 1959 Description / Buy
59 The Case of the Mythical Monkeys 1959 Description / Buy
60 The Case of the Deadly Toy 1959 Description / Buy
61 The Case of the Waylaid Wolf 1960 Description / Buy
62 The Case of the Duplicate Daughter 1960 Description / Buy
63 The Case of the Shapely Shadow 1960 Description / Buy
64 The Case of the Spurious Spinster 1961 Description / Buy
65 The Case of the Bigamous Spouse 1961 Description / Buy
66 The Case of the Reluctant Model 1962 Description / Buy
67 The Case of the Blonde Bonanza 1962 Description / Buy
68 The Case of the Ice-Cold Hands 1962 Description / Buy
69 The Case of the Mischievous Doll 1962 Description / Buy
70 The Case of the Stepdaughter's Secret 1963 Description / Buy
71 The Case of the Amorous Aunt (Short Story) 1963 Description / Buy
72 The Case of the Daring Divorcee 1964 Description / Buy
73 The Case of the Phantom Fortune 1964 Description / Buy
74 The Case of the Horrified Heirs 1964 Description / Buy
75 The Case of the Troubled Trustee 1965 Description / Buy
76 The Case of the Beautiful Beggar 1965 Description / Buy
77 The Case of the Worried Waitress 1966 Description / Buy
78 The Case of the Queenly Contestant 1967 Description / Buy
79 The Case of the Careless Cupid 1968 Description / Buy
80 The Case of the Fabulous Fake 1969 Description / Buy
81 The Case of the Fenced-in Woman 1972 Description / Buy
82 The Case of the Postponed Murder 1973 Description / Buy
83 The Case of Too Many Murders ( By:) 1989 Description / Buy
84 The Case of the Burning Bequest ( By:) 1990 Description / Buy

Order of Perry Mason Collections

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1 The Case of the Murderer's Bride and Other Stories 1955 Description / Buy
2 The Case of the Crimson Kiss 1970 Description / Buy
3 The Case Of The Crying Swallow 1971 Description / Buy
4 The Case of the Irate Witness and Other Stories 1973 Description / Buy
5 Four Cases of Murder 1989 Description / Buy

Order of Doug Selby Series

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1 The D.A. Calls It Murder 1937 Description / Buy
2 The D.A. Holds a Candle 1938 Description / Buy
3 The D.A. Draws a Circle 1939 Description / Buy
4 The D.A. Goes to Trial 1940 Description / Buy
5 The D.A. Calls a Turn 1944 Description / Buy
6 The D.A. Breaks a Seal 1946 Description / Buy
7 The D.A. Takes a Chance 1948 Description / Buy
8 The D.A. Breaks An Egg 1949 Description / Buy

Order of Terry Clane Series

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1 Murder Up My Sleeve 1937 Description / Buy
2 The Case of the Backward Mule 1946 Description / Buy

Order of Donald Lam & Bertha Cool Series as A.A. Fair

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1 The Bigger They Come 1939 Description / Buy
2 The Knife Slipped 1939 Description / Buy
3 Turn on the Heat 1940 Description / Buy
4 Gold Comes in Bricks 1940 Description / Buy
5 Spill the Jackpot 1941 Description / Buy
6 Double or Quits 1941 Description / Buy
7 Owls Don't Blink 1942 Description / Buy
8 Bats Fly at Dusk 1942 Description / Buy
9 Cats Prowl at Night 1943 Description / Buy
10 Give 'em the Ax 1944 Description / Buy
11 Crows Can't Count 1946 Description / Buy
12 Fools Die on Friday 1947 Description / Buy
13 Bedrooms Have Windows 1949 Description / Buy
14 Top of the Heap 1952 Description / Buy
15 Some Women Won't Wait 1953 Description / Buy
16 Beware the Curves 1956 Description / Buy
17 You Can Die Laughing 1957 Description / Buy
18 Some Slips Don't Show 1957 Description / Buy
19 The Count of 9 1958 Description / Buy
20 Pass the Gravy 1959 Description / Buy
21 Kept Women Can't Quit 1960 Description / Buy
22 Bachelors Get Lonely 1961 Description / Buy
23 Shills Can't Cash Chips 1961 Description / Buy
24 Try Anything Once 1962 Description / Buy
25 Fish or Cut Bait 1963 Description / Buy
26 Up for Grabs 1964 Description / Buy
27 Cut Thin to Win 1965 Description / Buy
28 Widows Wear Weeds 1966 Description / Buy
29 Traps Need Fresh Bait 1967 Description / Buy
30 All Grass Isn't Green 1970 Description / Buy

Order of Gramp Wiggens Series

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1 The Case of the Turning Tide 1941 Description / Buy
2 The Case of the Smoking Chimney 1943 Description / Buy
3 The Case Of The Musical Cow 1960 Description / Buy

Order of Erle Stanley Gardner Standalone Novels

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1 Dead Men's Letters 1990 Description / Buy
2 The Exploits of the Patent Leather Kid 2010 Description / Buy

Order of Erle Stanley Gardner Short Story Collections

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1 The Amazing Adventures of Lester Leith 1980 Description / Buy
2 The Human Zero 1981 Description / Buy
3 Whispering Sands 1981 Description / Buy
4 Pay Dirt and Other Whispering Sands Stories of Gold Fever and the Western Desert 1983 Description / Buy
5 The Adventures Of Paul Pry, Volume 2 1990 Description / Buy
6 The Blonde in Lower Six Plus 3 Short Novels 1990 Description / Buy
7 The Adventures Of Paul Pry 1991 Description / Buy
8 Honest Money and Other Short Novels 1991 Description / Buy
9 The Danger Zone and Other Stories 2004 Description / Buy
10 The Casebook of Sidney Zoom 2006 Description / Buy

Order of Erle Stanley Gardner Non-Fiction Books

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1 The Court of Last Resort: The True Story of a Team of Crime Experts Who Fought to Save the Wrongfully Convicted 1952 Description / Buy
2 The Hidden Heart of Baja 1962 Description / Buy
3 The Desert is Yours 1963 Description / Buy
4 Hunting the Desert Whale 1963 Description / Buy
5 Drifting Down Delta 1969 Description / Buy

Erle Stanley Gardner Anthologies

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1 Tantalizing Locked Room Mysteries 1982 Description / Buy
2 The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories 1996 Description / Buy
3 A Century of Great Suspense Stories 2001 Description / Buy
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But he did not graduate from Valparaiso. He was expelled for fighting after just one month. But Erle, who spoke fluent Chinese, was a boxer. In fact, his interest in boxing had become a distraction.

Once he left Valparaiso, he decided to make boxing a priority. For a time, he was able to support himself, especially when the illegal wrestling matches he promoted entered the picture.

The author’s life took a sharp turn when he landed a position as a typist in a law office in California. He was so fascinated by the legal field that he decided to become a lawyer.

Fortunately for Erle, he lived in an era where people could become lawyers without attending law school. They were expected to learn everything they needed to know through practical experience. This is why Erle passed the state bar exam even though he had no formal training in the legal field.

After joining the California Bar in 1911, he opened a law office. The author was just 21 at the time. But times were tough. He tried to make a living by defending Chinese clients. But he eventually migrated to Ventura, joining forces with another lawyer.

He did not stick around for long. A sales agency lured him out of the legal field. The author worked as a salesman (Consolidated Sales Co.) for three years, marrying Natalie Frances Talbert during this period.

He finally returned to Ventura, joining a new law firm (Sheridan, Orr, Drapeau, and Gardner). But the author found that he did not like working as a lawyer. He enjoyed certain aspects of his career, including litigation. But for the most part, the legal practice was dull.

He responded to this realization by writing stories for pulp magazines. Once he published his first story in the early 1920s, it sparked a passion for writing that he pursued for the rest of his life.
During those early days, he created a litany of renowned characters, including Lester Keith and Ken Corning. But it is for Perry Mason that Erle Stanley Gardner is best known.

When he was a child, Gardner was a regular reader of the magazine ‘Youth’s Companion’. The magazine was published by ‘Perry Mason and Company’ whose name was printed in large letters on the cover. The name stayed with the author. His Perry Mason stories had a strong following of readers that loved the author’s rich plot details. As interest in the Perry Mason novels grew, Erle’s contribution to pulp magazines decreased.

By the time pulp magazines died out in the 1950s, Erle was already writing for radio programs.

Erle Stanley Gardner Awards

The author won an Edgar Award.

Erle Stanley Gardner Books into Movies

Some of Erle’s novels became live-action films, including ‘The Case of the Howling Dog’, ‘The Case of the Lucky Legs’, ‘The Case of the Velvet Claws’, ‘The Case of the Black Cat’, ‘The Case of the Stuttering Bishop’, ‘The Case of the Curious Bride’, and ‘Granny Get Your Gun’.

The Perry Mason books became a successful TV series in 1957. It featured Raymond Burr. The show ended in 1966 before making a comeback of sorts in 1989 as various TV movies.

Best Erle Stanley Gardner Books

The author died in 1970 at the age of 80. Cancer was the cause. Erle’s best novels include:

The Case of the Velvet Claws: Perry Mason has a complicated case on his hands. Eva and Harrison survived an attempted robbery at a restaurant. But Harrison isn’t Eva’s husband. In fact, George, Eva’s husband, was behind Frank Locke’s decision to blackmail congressman Harrison.

But now George is dead. Someone shot him in the heart. His will is a forgery. This isn’t good for Carl, George’s nephew, because he benefits greatly from the will. The young man is planning to marry the daughter of Eva’s housekeeper.

The Case of the Sulky Girl: Frances is a 24-year-old girl that wants to get married. Her father left her a sizeable inheritance. But his will has a clause that prevents her from getting married before the age of 25. She wants Perry Mason to find a way around the clause.

When Does The Next Erle Stanley Gardner book come out?

Erle Stanley Gardner doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Court of Last Resort: The True Story of a Team of Crime Experts Who Fought to Save the Wrongfully Convicted and was released on May, 9th 2017. It is the newest book in the Erle Stanley Gardner Non-Fiction Books.

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