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Leslie Charteris

Leslie Charteris, Singaporean author. Inventor Paleneo, universal sign language. Recipient Golden Dagger award Crime Writers' Association, 1992. Fellow Royal Society Arts; member Mensa, Yacht de Cannes.


  • Charteris, Leslie was born on May 12, 1907 in Singapore. Naturalized, 1946.

  • Education

    • Student, Cambridge University, 1926. Studied art in, Paris.

    Major achievements

    • Inventor Paleneo, universal sign language.


    • Trust the Saint: The Saint, Book 35
    • In these six stories, the Saint encounters monsters of both the human and the animal variety: unscrupulous fraudsters in Hamburg; a confrontation with a rhino; perfect murders in Paris; a temperance leader deserving to be taken down a peg or two; a thief duping tourists in Sweden; and the hunt for the most famous monster of them all on the shores of Loch Ness.
    • The Saint in Trouble (The Saint Series)
    • Two adventures based on episodes from Return of the Saint, starring Ian Ogilvy: In “The Imprudent Professor” the Saint is summoned by pretty Emma Maclett to prevent the kidnapping of her father, an eminent scientist with world-changing ideas on the large-scale provision of solar energy.
    • Send for the Saint (The Saint Series)
    • Two more adventures based on episodes from The Saint starring Roger Moore: In “The Midas Double” the Saint is kidnapped in the Athens airport and taken to the offices of Diogenes Patroclos—a Greek shipping magnate haunted by a bizarre doppelgänger.
    • Vendetta for the Saint (The Saint Series)
    • The Saint is on holiday in Naples when a brawl interrupts his lunch; a tweedy English tourist has casually addressed an Italian as Dino Cartelli—provoking the paunchy individual so named to set his hulking henchman on the bewildered Briton.


    Fellow Royal Society Arts. Member Mensa, Yacht de Cannes.


    • Married Pauline Schishkin, 1931 (div. 1937); 1 daughter, Patricia Ann. Married Barbara Meyer, 1938 (div.).

      Married Elizabeth Bryant Borst, 1943 (div.). Married Audrey Long, 1952.
    • spouses: Pauline Schishkin
    • Barbara Meyer
    • Elizabeth Bryant Borst
    • Audrey Long
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    Born March 12, 1907
    Died April 15, 1993
    (aged 85)
    • 1926
      Cambridge University