Erle Stanley Gardner was the master of American mystery fiction. He was born on July 17, 1889. He was a lawyer by profession and started his writing career by writing for pulp magazines. He then published books under the pseudonyms Kyle Corning, Charles M. Green, Carleton Kendrake, Charles J. Kenny, Les Tillray, and Robert Parr. His mysteries are known for its intricate plots and the challenges it posed.
The famous characters he created include Lester Leith, a “gentleman thief” in the tradition of Raffles, and Ken Corning, a crusading lawyer who was the archetype of his most successful creation, the fictional lawyer and crime-solver Perry Mason, about whom he wrote more than eighty novels. He wrote 146 books, 85 of which feature Perry Mason.
Gardner died on March 11, 1970.