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Sax Rohmer

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Sax Rohmer
BornArthur Henry Ward
(1883-02-15)15 February 1883
Birmingham, England, UK
Died1 June 1959(1959-06-01) (aged 76)
White Plains, New York, U.S.
Pen nameSax Rohmer; Michael Furey; Arthur Sarsfield Ward
Period20th century
The Curse of a Thousand Kisses was a short story published in one of Sax Rohmer's collections. It was later republished in a 1948 issue of Avon Fantasy Reader

Sax Rohmer was Arthur Henry Ward (15 February 1883 – 1 June 1959). He was an English novelist born in Birmingham to Irish parents.[1] He is best remembered for his creation of the master criminal Dr Fu Manchu.[2]

After ghostwriting the autobiography of Little Tich, a music hall entertainer, Ward issued the first Fu Manchu novel. This was The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu, serialised from October 1912 to June 1913.

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.[3]

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]

  1. 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
  2. "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).
  3. 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.