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Erle Stanley Gardner

Lawyer, novelist, travel writer

Erle Stanley Gardner is ...


Born 17 July 1889 in Malden
Died 11 March 1970 in Temecula
Age 80 years, 8 months

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship United States of America
Occupation writer, lawyer, novelist, poet lawyer and science fiction writer
Awards Edgar Award

About Erle Stanley Gardner

Erle Stanley Gardner was a man of many talents. Born on July 17, 1889, in Malden, Massachusetts, Gardner went on to become a lawyer, novelist, and travel writer. He is best known for creating the iconic character of Perry Mason, a criminal defense lawyer who always managed to get his clients off the hook.

Gardner's early life was marked by hardship. His parents divorced when he was just five years old, and he was raised by his mother and stepfather. Despite these challenges, Gardner excelled in school and went on to attend Valparaiso University in Indiana, where he studied law.

After graduating, Gardner moved to California and began practicing law. However, he soon realized that he had a passion for writing and began penning pulp fiction stories in his spare time. In 1933, he published his first Perry Mason novel, "The Case of the Velvet Claws," which was an instant success.

Over the course of his career, Gardner wrote more than 80 Perry Mason novels, as well as numerous other books and articles. He was also an avid traveler and wrote extensively about his adventures in places like Mexico, Central America, and the South Pacific.

Despite his success as a writer, Gardner never lost his love for the law. He continued to practice until his death in 1970, and was known for his commitment to justice and fairness.

Today, Gardner's legacy lives on through his iconic character of Perry Mason, who has been adapted into numerous TV shows and movies. Gardner's writing style, which was marked by fast-paced action and intricate plot twists, continues to inspire writers and readers alike.


- "Erle Stanley Gardner." Encyclopedia Britannica.

- "Erle Stanley Gardner." The New York Times.

- "Erle Stanley Gardner." Perry Mason TV Series.

About Death

Gardner died on March 11, 1970, at his ranch in Temecula—the best-selling American writer of the 20th century at the time of his death. He was cremated and his ashes scattered over his beloved Baja California peninsula.:305 The ranch, known as Rancho del Paisano at the time, was sold after his death, then resold in 2001 to the Pechanga Indians, renamed Great Oak Ranch, and eventually absorbed into the Pechanga reservation.

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