The Creation of Fu Manchu
|The legend was not always a legend. Before the First World War, it was a fact that the
warren of narrow streets and alleyways in the neighborhood of West India Dock Road,
Pennyfields, and Limehouse Causeway formed a no-man's-land which honest citizens hesitated
to penetrate after dark. It was a fact that the Metropolitan Police honored the area with
double patrols. The precise toll of lives lost in that sombre labyrinth cannot be
estimated. The region housed an Asiatic community, firmly entrenched and largely criminal,
which lived by laws foreign to and older than the laws of England. This was the secret
empire controlled by the fabulous, but fictitious, Dr. Fu Manchu.
Or was he entirely
|-- Cay Van Ash and Elizabeth Sax Rohmer. Master of Villainy, A
Biography of Sax Rohmer, ed. R. E. Briney. Bowling Green University Popular
Sax Rohmer wrote four accounts of the creation of Fu Manchu. A fifth account, in Master
of Villainy, was written by his wife, Elizabeth, and his friend, Cay Van Ash.
Their account is based on his notes.
- "The Birth of Fu Manchu" by Sax Rohmer from the Daily
Sketch, May 24, 1934.
- "Meet Dr. Fu Manchu" by Sax Rohmer from Meet
the Detective, 1935.
- "Quest of Romance, Mystery, and the Bizarre: The Birth of Fu
Manchu" by Sax
Rohmer "Pipe Dreams," January 30, 1938, Empire
News, Manchester, England.
- "How Fu Manchu Was Born" by Sax Rohmer from This
Week, September 29, 1957.
- The full text of the "Limehouse Incident" from Master
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