List of works by Leslie Charteris

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Leslie Charteris bibliography
Releases
Novels 19
Collections 14
Scripts 8
Translations 1
Novellas 11
Non-fiction 2
Introduction 1

Leslie Charteris (born Leslie Charles Bowyer Yin; 1907–1993) was a British-American writer best known for his series on stories featuring Simon Templar, also known as The Saint.[1] Born in Singapore to a Chinese father, Suat Yin Chwan, and his English wife, Lydia (née Bowyer), Charteris travelled extensively with his family until beginning his education in England in 1919.[2][3] In 1925 he enrolled at King's College, Cambridge, but left after a year in order to become a writer;[4] to support himself, he worked as a goldminer, bartender, professional bridge player and temporary policeman. In October 1926 he changed his name by deed poll to Leslie Charles Bowyer Charteris-Ian, and professionally used the shorter version, Leslie Charteris.[1]

Charteris's first novel, X Esquire, which he later described as "an appallingly bad book", was published in 1927;[5] his second novel—The White Rider, published in 1928—is "overwritten and poorly constructed", according to his biographer Joan DelFattore.[5] In his third novel, Meet the Tiger (1928), he introduced the character of Simon Templar, a debonair gentleman crook who goes by the nom de guerre, The Saint.[6]

Charteris continued writing Saint books and the series gained in popularity because of its "mix of light humour, sophisticated settings, and story-line emphasising the role of a crusader tackling the forces of evil", which had "special appeal in the depression".[1] Charteris moved to the United States in 1932 and soon began writing screenplays, the first of which resulted in Midnight Club, released in 1933.[7][8]

Charteris also worked on three books of non-fiction and an introduction to the 1980 re-issue of The Saint Meets the Tiger. The works consisted of a translation from Spanish to English of the autobiography of the bullfighter Juan Belmonte, a language guide to Spanish, and a guide to Paleneo, a wordless, pictorial sign language invented by Charteris.[9] He died in Windsor, Berkshire, in April 1993.[1]

Novels and story collections

"You might have seen something of the Indian, too, in the intent lines of his tanned reckless face; but that would have been an easy illusion. The same lines would have fitted as naturally into the picture of a conquistador ... or of d'Artagnan mocking the courts of France: they were only the heraldry of a character that would have been the same in any age or place, the timeless brand of the born buccaneer."

Charteris's description of Simon Templar in The Saint Goes West.[10]
The books of Leslie Charteris
Title[11][12][13] Year of first
publication
First edition publisher Simon Templar book? Format Ref.
X Esquire 1927 Ward Lock & Co, London Red XN Novel [14]
The White Rider 1928 Ward Lock & Co, London Red XN Novel [15]
Meet the Tiger 1928 Ward Lock & Co, London Green tickY Novel [16]
The Bandit 1929 Ward Lock & Co, London Red XN Novel [17]
Daredevil 1929 Ward Lock & Co, London Red XN Novel [18]
Enter the Saint 1930 Hodder & Stoughton, London Green tickY Short story collection [19]
Knight Templar 1930 Hodder & Stoughton, London Green tickY Novel [20]
The Last Hero 1930 Hodder & Stoughton, London Green tickY Novel [21]
Featuring the Saint 1931 Hodder & Stoughton, London Green tickY Novellas [22]
Alias the Saint 1931 Hodder & Stoughton, London Green tickY Novellas [23]
She Was a Lady 1931 Hodder & Stoughton, London Green tickY Novel [24]
The Holy Terror 1932 Hodder & Stoughton, London Green tickY Novellas [25]
Getaway 1932 Hodder & Stoughton, London Green tickY Novel [26]
Once More the Saint 1933 Hodder & Stoughton, London Green tickY Novellas [27]
The Brighter Buccaneer 1933 Hodder & Stoughton, London Green tickY Short story collection [28]
The Misfortunes of Mr. Teal 1934 Hodder & Stoughton, London Green tickY Novellas [29]
Boodle 1934 Hodder & Stoughton, London Green tickY Short story collection [30]
The Saint Goes On 1934 Hodder & Stoughton, London Green tickY Novellas [31]
The Saint in New York 1935 Hodder & Stoughton, London Green tickY Novel [32]
Saint Overboard 1936 Hodder & Stoughton, London Green tickY Novel [33]
The Ace of Knaves 1937 Hodder & Stoughton, London Green tickY Novellas [34]
Thieves' Picnic 1937 Hodder & Stoughton, London Green tickY Novel [35]
Prelude for War 1938 Hodder & Stoughton, London Green tickY Novel [36]
Follow the Saint 1938 Doubleday, Garden City, NY Green tickY Novellas [37]
The Happy Highwayman 1939 Hodder & Stoughton, London Green tickY Short story collection [38]
The Saint in Miami 1940 Doubleday, Garden City, NY Green tickY Novel [39]
The Saint Goes West 1942 Hodder & Stoughton, London Green tickY Novellas [40]
The Saint Steps In 1942 Doubleday, Garden City, NY Green tickY Novel [41]
The Saint on Guard 1944 Doubleday, Garden City, NY Green tickY Novellas [42]
Lady on a Train 1945 Shaw Press, Los Angeles, CA Red XN Novelisation[a] [8]
The Saint Sees it Through 1946 Doubleday, Garden City, NY Green tickY Novel [43]
Call for the Saint 1948 Hodder & Stoughton, London Green tickY Novellas [44]
Saint Errant 1948 Doubleday, Garden City, NY Green tickY Short story collection [45]
The Saint in Europe 1953 Doubleday, Garden City, NY Green tickY Short story collection [46]
The Saint on the Spanish Main 1955 Doubleday, Garden City, NY Green tickY Short story collection [47]
The Saint Around the World 1956 Doubleday, Garden City, NY Green tickY Short story collection [48]
Thanks to the Saint 1957 Doubleday, Garden City, NY Green tickY Short story collection [49]
Señor Saint 1958 Doubleday, Garden City, NY Green tickY Short story collection [50]
The Saint to the Rescue 1959 Doubleday, Garden City, NY Green tickY Short story collection [51]
Trust the Saint 1962 Doubleday, Garden City, NY Green tickY Short story collection [52]
The Saint in the Sun 1963 Doubleday, Garden City, NY Green tickY Short story collection [53]
Vendetta for the Saint[b] 1964 Doubleday, Garden City, NY Green tickY Novel [55]
The Saint in Pursuit[c] 1970 Doubleday, Garden City, NY Green tickY Novel [57]
The Saint and the People Importers[d] 1970 Doubleday, Garden City, NY Green tickY Novel [59]

Screenplays

Roger Moore (left) played the television incarnation in The Saint.
The screenplays of Leslie Charteris
Title[60] Year Co-writer(s) Studio Ref.
Midnight Club 1933 Seton I. Miller Paramount Pictures [61]
The Saint's Double Trouble 1940 Ben Holmes RKO Radio Pictures [62]
The Saint's Vacation 1941 Jeffrey Dell RKO Radio Pictures [63]
The Saint in Palm Springs 1941 Jerome Cady RKO Radio Pictures [64]
Lady on a Train 1945 Universal [65]
River Gang 1945 Universal [66]
Two Smart People 1946 Ethel Hill Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [67]
Tarzan and the Huntress 1947 Jerry Gruskin, Rowland Leigh RKO Radio Pictures [68]

Non-fiction

Juan Belmonte, whose autobiography Charteris translated into English in 1937
Other works of Charteris
Title Year of first
publication
First edition publisher Category Notes Ref.
Juan Belmonte, Killer of Bulls: The Autobiography of a Matador 1937 Heinemann, London Autobiography Charteris undertook the translation from Spanish to English [8]
Spanish for Fun 1964 Hodder & Stoughton, London Language guide [69]
Paleneo: A Universal Sign Language 1972 Hodder & Stoughton, London Sign language guide Paleneo, a wordless, pictorial sign language, was invented by Charteris [70]
The Saint Meets the Tiger 1980 Charter Communications, Indianapolis, IN Saint novel Introduction only [60]

Notes and references

Notes

  1. ^ Novelisation of the film of the same name, for which Charteris also wrote the script.[8]
  2. ^ by Harry Harrison, Leslie Charteris.[54]
  3. ^ by Fleming Lee, Leslie Charteris; novelisation of a comic strip.[56]
  4. ^ by Fleming Lee, Leslie Charteris; novelisation of a television script.[58]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Lycett 2004.
  2. ^ Lofts & Adley 1985, pp. 4–5.
  3. ^ "Dr. S. C. Yin (Son created 'The Saint') dies at 82". Singapore Free Press. 3 April 1958. p. 1. 
  4. ^ Wright 1997, p. 76.
  5. ^ a b DelFattore 1989, p. 61.
  6. ^ Lofts & Adley 1985, p. 6.
  7. ^ DelFattore 1989, p. 62.
  8. ^ a b c d "Leslie Charteris". Contemporary Authors. Gale. Retrieved 3 January 2014.  (subscription required)
  9. ^ DelFattore 1989, p. 66–67.
  10. ^ Charteris 2013, p. 4.
  11. ^ DelFattore 1989, pp. 58–59.
  12. ^ Lofts & Adley 1985, pp. 11–12.
  13. ^ Wright 1997, pp. 47–50.
  14. ^ "X Esquire". British Library Catalogue. London: British Library. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "The White Rider". British Library Catalogue. London: British Library. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Meet the Tiger". British Library Catalogue. London: British Library. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "The Bandit". British Library Catalogue. London: British Library. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "Daredevil". British Library Catalogue. London: British Library. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  19. ^ "Enter the Saint". British Library Catalogue. London: British Library. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "Knight Templar". British Library Catalogue. London: British Library. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  21. ^ "The Last Hero". British Library Catalogue. London: British Library. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  22. ^ "Featuring the Saint". British Library Catalogue. London: British Library. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  23. ^ "Alias the Saint". British Library Catalogue. London: British Library. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  24. ^ "She Was a Lady". British Library Catalogue. London: British Library. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  25. ^ "Holy Terror". British Library Catalogue. London: British Library. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  26. ^ "Getaway. A "Saint" novel". British Library Catalogue. London: British Library. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  27. ^ "Once More the Saint". British Library Catalogue. London: British Library. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  28. ^ "The Brighter Buccaneer. More "Saint" stories". British Library Catalogue. London: British Library. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  29. ^ "Misfortunes of Mr. Teal". British Library Catalogue. London: British Library. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  30. ^ "Boodle. Stories of "The Saint."". British Library Catalogue. London: British Library. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  31. ^ "Saint Goes On". British Library Catalogue. London: British Library. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  32. ^ "The Saint in New York". British Library Catalogue. London: British Library. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  33. ^ "Saint Overboard". British Library Catalogue. London: British Library. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  34. ^ "The Ace of Knaves". British Library Catalogue. London: British Library. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  35. ^ "Thieves' Picnic". British Library Catalogue. London: British Library. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  36. ^ "Prelude for War". British Library Catalogue. London: British Library. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  37. ^ "Follow the Saint". Library of Congress Catalogue. Washington: Library of Congress. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  38. ^ "The Happy Highwayman". British Library Catalogue. London: British Library. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  39. ^ "The Saint in Miami". Library of Congress Catalogue. Washington: Library of Congress. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  40. ^ "The Saint Goes West". British Library Catalogue. London: British Library. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  41. ^ "The Saint Steps In". Library of Congress Catalogue. Washington: Library of Congress. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  42. ^ "The Saint on Guard". Library of Congress Catalogue. Washington: Library of Congress. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  43. ^ "The Saint Sees it Through". Library of Congress Catalogue. Washington: Library of Congress. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  44. ^ "Call for the Saint". British Library Catalogue. London: British Library. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  45. ^ "Saint Errant". Library of Congress Catalogue. Washington: Library of Congress. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  46. ^ "The Saint in Europe". Library of Congress Catalogue. Washington: Library of Congress. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  47. ^ "The Saint on the Spanish Main". Library of Congress Catalogue. Washington: Library of Congress. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  48. ^ "The Saint Around the World". Library of Congress Catalogue. Washington: Library of Congress. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  49. ^ "Thanks to the Saint". Library of Congress Catalogue. Washington: Library of Congress. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  50. ^ "The Señor Saint". Library of Congress Catalogue. Washington: Library of Congress. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  51. ^ "The Saint to the Rescue". Library of Congress Catalogue. Washington: Library of Congress. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  52. ^ "Trust the Saint". Library of Congress Catalogue. Washington: Library of Congress. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  53. ^ "The Saint in the Sun". Library of Congress Catalogue. Washington: Library of Congress. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  54. ^ Barer 2003, pp. 113–14.
  55. ^ "Vendetta for the Saint". Library of Congress Catalogue. Washington: Library of Congress. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  56. ^ Barer 2003, p. 174.
  57. ^ "The Saint in Pursuit". Library of Congress Catalogue. Washington: Library of Congress. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  58. ^ Barer 2003, pp. 176–77.
  59. ^ "The Saint and the People Importers". Library of Congress Catalogue. Washington: Library of Congress. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  60. ^ a b DelFattore 1989, p. 60.
  61. ^ "Midnight Club". AFI Catalog. American Film Institute. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  62. ^ "The Saint's Double Trouble". AFI Catalog. American Film Institute. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  63. ^ "The Saint's Vacation". AFI Catalog. American Film Institute. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  64. ^ "The Saint in Palm Springs". AFI Catalog. American Film Institute. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  65. ^ "Lady on a Train". AFI Catalog. American Film Institute. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  66. ^ "River Gang". AFI Catalog. American Film Institute. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  67. ^ "Two Smart People". AFI Catalog. American Film Institute. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  68. ^ "Tarzan and the Huntress". AFI Catalog. American Film Institute. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  69. ^ Wright 1997, p. 86.
  70. ^ DelFattore 1989, p. 67.

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