|Born||Arthur Henry Ward|
15 February 1883
Birmingham, England, UK
|Died||1 June 1959 (aged 76)|
White Plains, New York, U.S.
|Pen name||Sax Rohmer; Michael Furey; Arthur Sarsfield Ward|
Sax Rohmer was Arthur Henry Ward (15 February 1883 – 1 June 1959). He was an English novelist born in Birmingham to Irish parents. He is best remembered for his creation of the master criminal Dr Fu Manchu.
It was an immediate success. It had police official Denis Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie facing a worldwide conspiracy led by a mastermind. It reflected the "yellow peril" scares of the times. The phrase yellow peril (sometimes yellow terror or yellow spectre), was coined by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, in the 1890s.
The Fu Manchu stories, and other writing, made Rohmer one of the most successful and well-paid authors of the 1920s and 1930s.
References[change | change source]
- Van Ash, Cay & Rohmer, Elizabeth Sax 1972. Master of villainy: a biography of Sax Rohmer. Bowling Green University Press, Ohio. ISBN 0-87972-032-8
- "Rohmer, Sax" by Jack Adrian in David Pringle, St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost & Gothic Writers. London: St. James Press, 1998; ISBN 1558622063 (pp. 482–484).
- Leung, Wing Fai (16 August 2014). "Perceptions of the East – Yellow Peril: an archive of anti-asian fear". The Irish Times. Retrieved 4 January 2015.