The Saintly Bible:
An Exhaustive Guide to the Immortal Works of Leslie Charteris and his Saint Saga
On September 20, 1985 I began a bibliography project that has progressed into the 262
page manuscript named The Saintly Bible. Little knowing what I was
starting on that day in 1985, I took my pencil in hand and started to write
down all of the books that were in the Santa Cruz library's card catalog.
I carefully took down the dates in order to put the series into sequence,
making sure to note any discrepancies or oddities. Then, to double-check,
I took the entire stack of available Saint books over to a table and started
going through them one at a time. Some of them included a list of other
books by the same author, others contained a list of the Saint books up
to that date. I checked out a few of the more comprehensive ones and returned
home to my computer. The two page word processing document that I created
on my Apple //e (with AppleWorks) that day is still with me. It has become
the root of my bibliographic project which is now almost fit for publication.
The Saintly Bible, has been the focal point of my collection. On
May 16, 1989, I coverted the entire project to Microsoft Works for Macintosh,
and then finally to Microsoft Word in January 1990.
In 1995 I got serious about my developing interest in the World Wide Web, and late in the year purchased a domain and put some of
my bibliography of Leslie Charteris into HTML format. I coded non-stop over a long weekend and then on Wednesday, October 18, 1995 I got my
site up and running and got my first hit! Thus www.saint.org was born! I used the entire history of HTML editors: TeachText, SimpleText, Claris Home Page, PageMill, SiteMill,
BBEdit, and the obvious favored SaintEdit!
As I write this paragraph in 2006, I'm using Bare Bones Software's TextWrangler on an Apple Macintosh Powerbook G4 running OS X 10.4.7! Ah, how
the times have changed... back to a text editor of all things.
As the years have gone by, I discovered that only one bibliography of Charteris
is in existence. The Saint and Leslie Charteris by W.O.G. Lofts and
Derek Adley is sadly lacking in many respects. It only encompasses British
first editions up until 1972, and completely ignores anything pertaining
to the United States. This fact inspired me to elaborate on my project,
and gave me reassurance that I was breaking new ground. Many of my purchases
have been made in order to gather data to shore up weak areas in my bibliography.
The scope of my collection is directly related to The Saintly Bible,
as all that I have obtained has been listed or otherwise used in making
it more complete.
My work on this project has been quite extensive, and I have made two visits
to the Leslie Charteris archive at Boston University's Mugar Memorial Library.
I was granted full rein by Leslie Charteris, and permission to photocopy
anything that I needed for my book. I arranged one of my trips to coincide
with another author, Burl Barer, who was working on a more historical portrayal
of the Saint.
I have recently been working on finding a stopping point. I want to have something available
when the new Saint movie comes out, and this project seems to be never-ending. Since I started
this web site, I have been editing the full version of The Saintly Bible a bit, especially
places where the information is duplicated in other chapters.
This web site (www.saint.org) is all
that is available to the public at this point in time. I am looking for
a print publisher for the entire Saintly Bible, so if you have any contacts
please have them email me at saint at this domain (@saint.org).
How to get a copy of The Saintly Bible
I am also considering printing up some proof copies to sell to excited Saint fans who have
seen this web site. A signed proof copy would require some sort of monetary donation, as well as
some help with corrections, changes, and other feedback.
Table of Contents (of full version)
- Acknowledgements, page 4
- Forward by Leslie Charteris, page 7
- Table of Contents, page 9
- Quick List of Titles, page 11
- Biography, page 15
- The Saint Books, page 23
- Omnibus Collections, page 135
- Non-Saint Writings, page 157
- Unpublished Rarities, page 175
- The Saint's Choice, page 183
- Saintly Publishers, page 185
- The Saint Mystery Library, page 196
- Sherlock Holmes, page 199
- Comic Books/Strips, page 202
- Edited by Charteris, page 204
- Mai-Kai Happy Talk, page 205
- Gourmet Magazine, page 206
- A Letter from The Saint, page 208
- Screenplays, page 210
- The Saint in Film, page 212
- The Saint on Television, page 214
- The Saint on Radio, page 216
- The Saint Magazine (USA), page 218
- The Saint Magazine (UK), page 224
- The Saint Magazine, Misc., page 228
- Periodicals/Magazines, page 231
- British Annuals, page 240
- Toys et al, page 243
- The Saint Club, page 244
- Sources, page 246
- Index, page 248
- The End, page 262