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In the Corner with Dan Hughes

Jan 28, 2014

Can you name the American fiction author whose works have been translated into the most languages? 

The answer is Erle Stanley Gardner, creator of Perry Mason.  Gardner was a self-taught attorney who found writing for the pulp magazines more exciting than lawyering. 

In 1949, Gardner was asked to create a new radio series.  The show was called A Life In Your Hands, and the main character, Jonathan Kegg, solved crimes in the courtroom, much like Perry Mason. 

This episode, Murder at the Eye Doctor's, first aired on July 31, 1952.  And the newspaper clipping you see here advertises this very episode.