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    Sax Rohmer. The Mask of Fu Manchu. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran and Company, Inc., 1932.
    First edition. Published for the Crime Club, Inc. Twelvemo. 330 pages. Black-and-white illustrations.

    Yellow-cloth-backed. Black lettering and backstrip on spine. Black lettering on front cover. Illustrated endpapers and endleaves. The name and address of a former owner is written on the front endleaf. Minor wear at the head and foot of spine. Minor fading at the head and foot of covers. The book is in overall fine condition. The dust jacket has some minor creases and some minor paper loss at the head and foot of spine.

    Born Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward in Birmingham, England, prolific novelist Sax Rohmer (1883-1959) is best known for his series of Fu Manchu stories and other tales presenting a typically (for their time) one-sided view of the "evils" of the Orient. One of Rohmer's most popular novels, The Mask of Fu Manchu was immediately optioned by MGM upon its publication in 1932. Though the "insidious Dr. Fu Manchu" became one of Boris Karloff's most famous portrayals (along with the Frankenstein Monster and the Mummy), the actor disliked the faux-Asian role intensely, and recalled having "to speak pidgin English while wearing a particularly bad makeup." This is a fine example of a popular novel that inspired a controversial film classic. From the Robert and Diane Yaspan Collection.


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