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Sax Rohmer

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Sax Rohmer
BornArthur Henry Sarsfield Ward
February 15, 1883
Birmingham, England
DiedJune 1, 1959 (age 76)

Sax Rohmer (1883 - 1959) was a prolific English novelist and amateur magician. He is most remembered for his series of novels featuring the master criminal Dr. Fu Manchu.


His first published work was in 1903, the short story The Mysterious Mummy for Pearson's Weekly. He made his early living writing comedy sketches for music hall performers and short stories and serials for magazines.

He published his first novel Pause! anonymously in 1910 and the first Fu Manchu story, The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu, was serialized over 1912-13. It was an immediate success with its fast-paced story of Sir Denis Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie facing the worldwide conspiracy of the 'Yellow Peril'.

He became interested in magic around 1920 and was a member of the Magicians' Club.[1]

The Fu Manchu stories made Rohmer one of the most successful and well-paid writers in of the 1920s and 1930s. But Rohmer was very poor at handling his wealth. After World War II the Rohmers moved to New York. Rohmer died in 1959 due to an outbreak of influenza ("Asian Flu").


  1. Tricks That Mystify by Will Goldston (1934)
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