Earl Derr Biggers (1884 - 1933) was an American novelist and playwright best known today as the creator of the Chinese detective Charlie Chan.
The son of Robert J. and Emma E. (Derr) Biggers, he was born in Warren, Ohio, and graduated from Harvard University in 1907. Many of his plays and novels were made into movies. He died of heart disease in Pasadena, California.
Following is a list of Biggers' works.
The Charlie Chan series: The House Without a Key (1925) The Chinese Parrot (1926) Behind That Curtain (1928) The Black Camel (1929) Charlie Chan Carries On (1930) Keeper of the Keys (1932)
Other works: Seven Keys to Baldpate (1913) Love Insurance (1914) Inside the Lines (1915) (with Robert Welles Ritchie) The Agony Column (1916) (also published as Second Floor Mystery Fifty Candles (1926) Earl Derr Biggers Tells Ten Stories short stories (1933)