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Earl Derr Biggers (1884–1933)

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Earl Derr Biggers was born in 1884 in Warren, Ohio. He graduated from Harvard University in 1907 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After college, Biggers went to work at The Boston Traveler, where he wrote a humorous column, and then reviews, until 1911. By that time he had finished his first novel, mostra'n més "Seven Keys To Baldpate," migrated to New York with his first novel and also his first comedy, "If You're Only Human" and began writing plays. Biggers wrote magazine articles, stories, novels and plays, including a war play, "Inside The Lines," which ran 500 nights in London in 1915 and 1916. He published two more novels during the 1910s, Love Insurance in 1914 and The Agony Column in 1916, but his main activity was focused on humor writing, particularly in magazines and short stories. In 1919, Biggers decided to quit playwriting and go to California to write for motion pictures. His reputation spread among the public with his most famous creation, Charlie Chan. He developed the character of Charlie Chan for his novel "The House Without A Key" in 1925. He wrote six Charlie Chan novels, all moderately popular. All were adapted to the cinema, except for "Keeper Of The Keys". The Charlie Chan movies were one of the most successful screen series in history, with over 40 movies based on the character. There were also numerous Chan radio adaptations and comic strips, as well as attempts to bring the character to television. Earl Biggers died in Pasadena, California, in April of 1933 at the age of 48, from a heart attack. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys


Obres de Earl Derr Biggers

The House without a Key (1925) 419 exemplars
The Chinese Parrot (1926) 278 exemplars
Behind That Curtain (1928) 208 exemplars
The Black Camel (1929) 190 exemplars
Charlie Chan Carries On (1930) 175 exemplars
Keeper of the Keys (1932) 157 exemplars
Seven Keys to Baldpate (1913) 137 exemplars
The Agony Column (1916) 75 exemplars
Love Insurance (1914) 43 exemplars
Fifty Candles (1975) 27 exemplars
Inside the Lines (1915) 7 exemplars
Charlie Chan: The Chinese Cat [1944 film] (2004) — Writer — 5 exemplars
Charlie Chan Complete Bundle (2014) 3 exemplars
Charlie Chan: The Jade Mask [1945 film] — Writer — 2 exemplars
The Dollar Chasers 2 exemplars
The Cruel Town 1 exemplars
Chinese Parrot 1 exemplars
Charlie Chan 1 exemplars
The Complete Charlie Chan (2012) 1 exemplars
The Ebony Stick (2017) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Charlie Chan Collection: Volume One — Original characters — 22 exemplars
A Century of Detective Stories (1935) — Col·laborador — 20 exemplars
House of the Long Shadows [1983 film] (2015) — Roman — 12 exemplars
Greatest Mystery Collection, Volume 2 (69 Books) (2009) — Col·laborador — 11 exemplars
Charlie Chan in London [1934 film] (1934) — Based on characters by — 8 exemplars
Charlie Chan Collection: The Complete Set (2010) — Original characters — 4 exemplars
Ellery Queen's Aces of Mystery (1975) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars


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Data de naixement
Data de defunció
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Lloc de naixement
Warren, Ohio, USA
Lloc de defunció
Pasadena, California, USA
Llocs de residència
San Marino, California, USA
Harvard University (1907)
Biografia breu
Biggers is probably best known for his creation of Charlie Chan who was based on a real Chinese-American police detective he met in Honolulu.



Interesting novel from one of the early masters of the genre.
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C.L.Barnett | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | Nov 18, 2023 |
"Man who buries treasure in the snow, forgets that summer is coming." -- Charle Chan

Hawaii's Charlie Chan gets his first look at snow in Keeper of the Keys. In another first for the Chinese detective from Honolulu, this mystery will move Chan to facilitate the flight of someone involved deeply in a murder and its aftermath. Not a first by any means in this old-fashioned series, Chan will also facilitate a budding romance.

As Charlie travels by train through the snow-clad mountains all the pieces for mystery and murder are put in place because the passenger list includes the ex-husbands of singer Ellen Landini. Ellen joins them at Dudley Ward's estate overlooking the blue lake and pine trees, bringing with her young Hugh Beaton, her latest conquest. Charlie's attempt to discover if rumors of a man's offspring are true quickly take a dark turn, and he is soon helping investigate a murder.

As Charlie assists Sheriff Holt in his investigation, it is not lost on Charlie that the young man has a blind spot where the lovely Leslie Beaton is concerned. As Charlie reminds the young sheriff to remained focused, Charlie has trouble doing so himself. When evidence begins to mount against one of his own race, the suspect makes it clear to Charlie that he no longer considers Chan a true Chinese, because of his American ways, which pains Charlie greatly.

An unsigned will points to one person, blackmail to another, and a seemingly "essential" clue only serves to muddy the waters further. When a second murder occurs the case takes on great urgency. Everywhere Charlie turns points toward China, which will lead our favorite Hawaiian detective to do the unthinkable.

Reporter Bill Rankin from an earlier entry, Behind that Curtain, makes a welcome appearance in Keeper of the Keys. For Chan, however, Bill's arrival is not nearly so welcome when he spills the beans on some of Charlie's activities! It ain't over till it's over in this one, with Biggers wrapping up both the mystery and the romance quite nicely. This one is quite fun for Charlie Chan fans, and a must if you've missed this entry in the Charlie Chan series.
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Matt_Ransom | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Oct 6, 2023 |
The Agony Column is a perfect brew of mystery and romance of the very old-fashioned variety. Perhaps no one other than M.M. Kaye blended these two elements as well as Earl Derr Biggers. Forever remembered for his creation of Charlie Chan, the great detective from Hawaii, many of Biggers' other novels and novellas are just as enjoyable. Such is the case here, in this short but satisfying story.

Written in 1916, the Great War very much plays a part in this tale of love, murder and spies. When a young woman catches the eye and heart of a young American in London, his only chance may be a bit of impropriety called "The Daily."

The personal Geoffrey West writes catches the attention of the girl in question, and in spite of some misgivings, she agrees to read his personal correspondence. Her growing affection turns to dread and worry, however, as her heart is plunged deep into the plight of this young man desperately trying to prove his innocence after a murder occurs, and the possibility of it involving spies during wartime is broached.

There is excitement and peril of the old-fashioned variety as the tale is told by the young Geoffrey. He seeks the love of this young woman, knowing he may never get to meet her in person, unless he can clear himself. She, on the other hand, is frantic she will have to return by ship with her father, a Texas politician, before she discovers what has become of her young, romantic suitor.

Biggers throws in a startling surprise to keep readers on their toes. They too will hang on every word written in the Agony Column to discover the outcome. The ending of the mystery is both satisfying and quite romantic in an old-fashioned way.

Much different in style and tone than today's mysteries, "The Agony Column" has more in common with the early British films of Hitchcock than anything else. If you are fond of the romantic style of Biggers so evident in the first Charlie Chan novels, it's worth reading this mystery novella, which can be found on Kindle for Free, or a minimal amount. Too old-fashioned for some "modern" reading tastes, but a refreshing change of pace for those who prefer classic mystery and old-fashioned romance.
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Matt_Ransom | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Oct 6, 2023 |
"The moment has charm." -- Charlie Chan

Earl Derr Biggers wrote in a style which lent itself to romance as well as mystery. Perhaps only M.M. Kaye blended the two as perfectly as Biggers. His greatest creation, Charlie Chan, is in romantic San Francisco in Behind That Curtain, but he can feel the trade winds of Hawaii calling him back to Honolulu for the birth of his eleventh child. Yet the romance of a misty San Francisco filled with the Orient beckon him to remain long enough to solve a crime.

Bill Rankin is the reporter bringing the visiting sleuth from Honolulu, together with Scotland Yard's, Sir Frederic Bruce, to write a feature based on their exploits. But it is Frederic's regrets in connection with an unsolved murder, and the seemingly unrelated disappearance of Eve Durand from India nearly 15 years prior, that haunt their conversation. Barry Kirk and the pretty young D.A. he's immediately smitten with, June Morrow, plead for Charlie to stay when Sir Frederic is murdered. There are as many suspects to ponder over as there are mysterious clues. But which is that elusive "essential clue" so beloved by Scotland Yard?

Charlie initially wants no part in the investigation. Only once onboard the S.S. Maui does Charlie overhear a conversation which has him rushing down the gangplank to join Barry and June. Captain Flannery's methods, however, are as heavy-handed as Charlie's are subtle. Charlie discovers evidence of two other missing young women, and suspects a possible connection to yet another unsolved murder. How does a world famous adventurer fit into the picture? Are the slippers the essential clue, or something else? In the end, of course, our favorite detective from the Islands realizes the clue has been there all along.

Behind That Curtain has so much atmosphere it washes over the reader like a sudden rain shower. San Francisco during the '20s is alive with cable cars, and quaint bungalows for shelter from the rain, beneath the delicate pen of Earl Derr Biggers. Dark passages and murder do exist in Biggers's mysteries, but he always allows the elegant Chan to guide us away from danger, and towards romance.

There is an innocence to the romance between Barry and June indicative of another time, as is the writing style of Biggers. Both Biggers and his creation, Charlie Chan, are at the top of their game here, funny and wise. The final scenes hold humor and a dash of romance. Behind That Curtain offers one of the most charming endings of any entry in the Charlie Chan canon. A must read for those who like their mysteries very old-fashioned, and a bit on the romantic side.
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Matt_Ransom | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Oct 6, 2023 |



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