Erle Stanley Gardner was born on this day in 1889

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American lawyer and author of detective stories
Common clues: Perry's creator; Della's creator; Agatha contemporary;
Gardner of fiction; Author ____ Stanley Gardner; First name in mystery writing
Crossword puzzle frequency: 9 times a year
Frequency in English language: 70049 / 86800
Perry Mason – Please Murder Me

I like what I like and not what I'm supposed to like because of mass rating. And I very much dislike the things I don't like. ~ Erle Stanley Gardner

Erle Stanley Gardner (July 17, 1889 – March 11, 1970) was an American lawyer and author of detective stories who also published under the pseudonyms A.A. Fair, Kyle Corning, Charles M. Green, Carleton Kendrake, Charles J. Kenny, Les Tillray, and Robert Parr.

Innovative and restless in his nature, he was frankly bored by the routine of legal practice, the only part of which he enjoyed was trial work and the development of trial strategy. In his spare time, he began to write for the "pulp" magazines which also fostered the early careers of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. He created many different series characters for the pulps, including the ingenious Lester Leith - a parody of Dorothy Sayers's Lord Peter Wimsey - 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 fifty novels. With the success of Perry Mason he gradually reduced his contributions to the pulp magazines, eventually withdrawing from the medium entirely.

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