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Sax Rohmer was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire. At the age of 18, he adopted the name Sarsfield, the name of a famous Irish general admired by Rohmer's mother. He married Rose Elizabeth Knox in 1909 and, at his wife's insistence, began using the name Sax Rohmer for his fiction, eventually employing the pseudonym as his actual name. Rohmer was basically a self-taught scholar. He started writing as a journalist; his beat was the Limehouse underworld in London. Rohmer had a difficult time breaking into the professional fiction markets, but once he did, he became a household name for exotic adventure both in England and in America. Although his writing brought Rohmer success and money, he was never much of a businessman, and most of his wealth was squandered because of his extravagance and through financial mismanagement. Rohmer eventually moved to New York City. One of Rohmer's great intellectual interests was the occult and supernatural, and these elements frequently appeared as motifs in his fiction. His most famous creation was the evil oriental mastermind, Dr. Fu Manchu, first presented in the novel The Mystery of Fu Manchu in 1913 (later retitled The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu for its American publication, also in 1913). Most espionage or adventure fiction exploits the social paranoias of its time, and Rohmer himself effectively tapped the Westerner's fear of the stereotyped "yellow peril" threat---the negatively perceived belief that Orientals will conquer the world. The Fu Manchu adventures were patterned, in part, after Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. Rohmer's protagonists in these adventures, Sir Denis Nayland Smith and his companion Dr. Petrie, look very much like Doyle's Holmes and Watson, but, whereas Doyle centered his narratives on the heroes and specifically on the elaborate process of detection, Rohmer focused his attention on the villain and on slam-bang action. Fu Manchu was a master of both Western science and Eastern mysticism, and his efforts at world domination caused no end of problems for Smith and Petrie. In Fu Manchu, Rohmer had created the most famous villain in popular fiction (although Rohmer maintained that Fu Manchu was based on an actual Limehouse criminal). Despite Rohmer's use of outrageous racial stereotyping, many of his novels hold up well today and provide superior examples of how to create narrative pacing and suspense. (Bowker Author Biography)
— biography from The Insidious Doctor Fu-Manchu
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Rohmer was born Arthur Henry Ward. He later added Sarsfield to his name.

The Insidious Doctor Fu-Manchu 658 copies, 25 reviews
The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu 297 copies, 4 reviews
The Hand of Fu Manchu 243 copies, 2 reviews
Daughter Of Fu Manchu 201 copies, 1 review
Brood of the Witch-Queen 195 copies, 2 reviews
The Bride Of Fu Manchu 167 copies, 1 review
The Yellow Claw 144 copies, 5 reviews
The Drums of Fu Manchu 139 copies, 1 review
The golden scorpion 121 copies, 1 review
The Shadow of Fu Manchu 119 copies, 1 review
President Fu Manchu 119 copies, 1 review
The green eyes of Bast 114 copies, 1 review
Re-enter Fu Manchu 111 copies, 1 review
The dream detective 105 copies, 5 reviews
The quest of the sacred slipper 102 copies, 1 review
Bat Wing 98 copies, 2 reviews
The Fu Manchu Omnibus: Volume 1 92 copies, 3 reviews
Dope 92 copies, 1 review
Fire-Tongue 90 copies
The Romance of Sorcery 87 copies, 1 review
The day the world ended 69 copies, 1 review
Tales of secret Egypt 68 copies, 1 review
The Sins of Sumuru 45 copies, 1 review
The Sins of Severac Bablon 43 copies, 1 review
Grey Face 39 copies
Sumuru 38 copies
The secret of Holm Peel 35 copies, 1 review
Yellow Shadows 29 copies
Hangover house 27 copies, 1 review
She Who Sleeps 20 copies, 1 review
Bim-bashi Baruk of Egypt 19 copies, 1 review
Moon of Madness 19 copies
Seven sins 16 copies
White Velvet 13 copies
Sax Rohmer's Dope (Source Material Author) 8 copies
The Moon is Red 7 copies, 1 review
Tchériapin 3 copies
Wulfheim 2 copies
Lure Of Souls 2 copies
The White Hat 2 copies
Omnibusbogen (Author) 1 copy
Eldtungan 1 copy
El diabólico Fu-Manchú 1 copy, 1 review
Bazarada 1 copy
Fu Manchu (Author) 1 copy
Great Irish Tales of Horror: A Treasury of Fear (Contributor) 295 copies, 2 reviews
The Omnibus of Crime (Contributor) 192 copies, 1 review
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: A Month of Mystery (Contributor) 113 copies, 2 reviews
Into the Mummy's Tomb (Contributor) 103 copies
The Big Book of Adventure Stories (Contributor) 98 copies, 3 reviews
Wolf's Complete Book of Terror (Contributor) 73 copies, 2 reviews
The Necromancers (Contributor) 33 copies
The Mystery Book (Contributor) 28 copies
Tales of Dungeons and Dragons (Contributor) 22 copies
The Magicians: Occult Stories (Contributor) 17 copies
Tales of the Occult (Author, some editions) 16 copies
Prince of Darkness (Contributor) 12 copies
A Little Night Reading (Author) 11 copies, 1 review
50 Classic Mystery Books (Contributor) 7 copies
Avon Fantasy Reader No. 7 (Contributor) 5 copies
The great weird stories (Author) 4 copies
My Best Thriller (Contributor) 4 copies
Fantastiske fortellinger (Contributor) 3 copies
The Bedside Bonanza (Contributor) 2 copies
Horror and Homicide (Contributor) 1 copy
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Sax Rohmer was born in Birmingham of Irish parents, William Ward and Margaret Mary (Furey) Ward. He received no formal schooling until he was nine or ten years old, but his father taught his son to read.

After finishing his schooling, Rohmer worked at numerous odd jobs. At the age of 20 he began his writing career with THE MYSTERIOUS MUMMY, which appeared in Pearson's Weekly in 1903. In 1909 he married Rose Elizabeth Knox, whose father had been a well-known comedian.

During the 1920s and 1930s, he was one of the most widely read magazine writers in the English language. After World War 2 the Rohmers moved to New York City, where he continued writing.
Disambiguation notice
Rohmer was born Arthur Henry Ward. He later added Sarsfield to his name.

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