While practicing trial law, Erle Stanley Gardner wrote pulp fiction, basing the courtroom scenes and brilliant legal maneuvers on his own tactics. He gave up law following the success in 1933 of The Case of the Velvet Claws and The Case of the Sulky Girl, his first novels featuring the lawyer-detective Perry Mason. Eighty Perry Mason novels followed.
Perry Mason provided the final evidence that tied up the loose ends of The President’ s Mystery Story, a novel suggested by Franklin Delano Roosevelt and written by six popular mystery novelists (Rupert Hughes, Samuel Hopkins Adams, Anthony Abbot, Rita Weiman, S. S. Van Dyne, and John Erskine). First serialized in Liberty magazine (beginning on November 16, 1935), it was published in book form in 1936. Gardner’s concluding chapter did not appear until the book was reprinted in 1967, when the book was retitled The President’s Mystery Plot.
Jim Blake (The book’s central character) was left hanging for thirty years, until Erle Stanley Gardner, in the person of Perry Mason came to his rescue.
The Case of the Careless Cupid was written by Erle Stanley Gardner. It was published in 1968.