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Earl Derr Biggers

Author Code: AEDB

Born: Aug. 24, 1884 - Warren, Ohio, USA

Died: Apr. 5, 1933 - Pasadena, California, USA

Educated at Harvard University, Biggers had always been interested in writing and after graduation in 1907, he took a job with the Cleveland Plain Dealer. In 1908, he moved to the Boston Traveler as a humour columnist. He then became their drama critic, but his reviews were often so scathing that by 1912, when the paper was taken over, he was fired. In 1913, he published his first novel, Seven Key to Baldpate, which was very successful and gave him a national audience. The dramatic rights to the book were sold to George M. Cohan who produced a successful Broadway play. In 1914, Biggers followed with Love Insurance, another success which made it to Broadway. Agony Column followed in 1916 and again was a huge success. In 1919, Biggers visited Hawaii where a newspaper article appeared concerning the work of Chinese detectives Chang Apana and Lee Fook in Honolulu. They would form the basis for his character of Charlie Chan in subsequent novels. In 1925, he published the first of the Chan novels, The House Without a Key, and it was a phenomenal success. The second novel, The Chinese Parrot, appeared in 1926 and continued the success. Both novels were made into silent movies at the time. The Saturday Evening Post paid Biggers $25,000 for the third story, Behind That Curtain, in 1928 and Fox Film Corp. purchased the film rights. Biggers was hugely successful financially and was able to ride out the stock market collapse of 1929, by continuing to produce Charlie Chan novels. In 1929, The Black Camel, appeared followed by Charlie Chan Carries On (1930) and Keeper of the Keys (1932). Biggers died of a heart attack in 1933 at the age of 48. His other works included Inside the Lines (1915), a collaboration with Robert Welles Ricthie and Fifty Candles (1926).

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AEDB005 The Agony Column 1916 48 353k eBook Download PDF - 'The Agony Column' (AEDB005) Find a printed copy of The Agony Column by Earl Derr Biggers at AbeBooks
AEDB003 Behind That Curtain 1928 172 692k eBook Download PDF - 'Behind That Curtain' (AEDB003) Find a printed copy of Behind That Curtain by Earl Derr Biggers at AbeBooks
AEDB006 The Black Camel 1929 159 675k eBook Download PDF - 'The Black Camel' (AEDB006) Find a printed copy of The Black Camel by Earl Derr Biggers at AbeBooks
AEDB007 Charlie Chan Carries On 1930 137 619k eBook Download PDF - 'Charlie Chan Carries On' (AEDB007) Find a printed copy of Charlie Chan Carries On by Earl Derr Biggers at AbeBooks
AEDB002 The Chinese Parrot 1926 173 694k eBook Download PDF - 'The Chinese Parrot' (AEDB002) Find a printed copy of The Chinese Parrot by Earl Derr Biggers at AbeBooks
AEDB010 Earl Derr Biggers Tells Ten Stories
  Broadway Broke
  The Dollar Chasers
  The Girl Who Paid Dividends
  The Heart of the Loaf
  Idle Hands
  A Letter to Australia
  Moonlight At the Crossroads
  Nina and the Blemish
  Possessions
  Selling Miss Minerva
1933 Posthumous 260 947k eBook Download PDF - 'Earl Derr Biggers Tells Ten Stories' (AEDB010)   Download ePub - 'Earl Derr Biggers Tells Ten Stories' (AEDB010) Find a printed copy of Earl Derr Biggers Tells Ten Stories by Earl Derr Biggers at AbeBooks
AEDB008 Fifty Candles 1926 46 276k eBook Download PDF - 'Fifty Candles' (AEDB008) Find a printed copy of Fifty Candles by Earl Derr Biggers at AbeBooks
AEDB001 The House Without a Key 1925 172 734k eBook Download PDF - 'The House Without a Key' (AEDB001) Find a printed copy of The House Without a Key by Earl Derr Biggers at AbeBooks
AEDB004 Keeper of the Keys 1932 154 633k eBook Download PDF - 'Keeper of the Keys' (AEDB004) Find a printed copy of Keeper of the Keys by Earl Derr Biggers at AbeBooks
AEDB009 Seven Keys to Baldpate 1913 133 557k eBook Download PDF - 'Seven Keys to Baldpate' (AEDB009) Find a printed copy of Seven Keys to Baldpate by Earl Derr Biggers at AbeBooks

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