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Dr. Fu Manchu is a villain introduced in a series of novels by British author Sax Rohmer during the first half of the twentieth century. The character was also featured extensively in cinema, television, radio, comic strips, and comic books for over 90 years, and has become an archetype of the evil criminal genius and mad scientist, while lending the name to the Fu Manchu moustache. Moreover, the supervillain Fu Manchu's murderous plots are marked by the extensive use of arcane methods; he disdains guns or explosives, preferring dacoits, thuggees, and members of other secret societies as his agents armed with knives, or using "pythons and cobras ... fungi and my tiny allies, the bacilli ... my black spiders" and other peculiar animals or natural chemical weapons. He had an abhorrence for the truth, and used torture and other gruesome tactics to dispose of enemies. Contents: The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu (aka The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu) The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu (aka The Devil Doctor) The Hand of Fu Manchu (aka The Si-Fan Mysteries)
Sax Rohmer (1883-1959) was a prolific English mystery writer who was best known for creating the master criminal Dr. Fu-Manchu. Born Arthur Henry Ward in 1883 in Birmingham, England, to Irish parents, he received no formal schooling until he was about ten years old and worked in odd jobs before starting his writing career at age twenty. From the 1920s through the 1930s, Rohmer was one of the most widely read and highly paid magazine writers in the English language. After World War II, Rohmer moved to the United States and ultimately settled in White Plains, New York.