Earl Derr Biggers

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  • Charles Rzepka (Boston University)

Earl Derr Biggers is famous (or in some circles, infamous) as the creator of the fictional Asian American detective, Charlie Chan. His earliest success, however, came as a writer of romantic mystery novels, melodramas, and stage musicals.

Biggers was born in Warren, OH, the only child of Robert J. Biggers, a Canadian immigrant and sometime laborer, store clerk, and retailer, and Emma E. Derr, of Pennsylvania. As a child just learning to write, he would compose stories incorporating comic strip characters and read them aloud to his grandmother. Biggers attended Warren High School, where in 1902 he founded a monthly literary magazine, The Cauldron. After graduating in 1903 he matriculated at Harvard with the help of a l…

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Citation:
Rzepka, Charles. "Earl Derr Biggers". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 December 2009
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=411, accessed 19 April 2014.]


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  1. Crime, Detective, Spy/ Thriller Fiction