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Edgar Wallace

Novelist and Journalist Edgar Wallace

Full Name: Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace
Profession: Novelist and Journalist


Biography: Edgar Wallace was the most prolific author of his day, he was the author of 170 novels and it was said he could knock a whole novel out in 3 days.

Born illegitimate and adopted by a fish market porter, Wallace started work aged 11 selling newspapers before serving in the Southern African War in the Press Corp, writing for English Newspapers.

Back in England and fired from "The Daily Mail" after several libel cases he took to crime writing. By 1929 he was writing 34 novels a year.

Wallace was drawn to Hollywood to work as a scriptwriter in 1932. He was working on the original script for "King Kong" when he unexpectedly died. It is for his creation of King Kong that Wallace is now best remembered.

Born: April 1, 1875
Birthplace: London, Great Britain
Star Sign: Aries

Died: February 10, 1932 (aged 56)
Cause of Death: Diabetes

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Historical Events

  • 1923-06-06 Edgar Wallace becomes the first British radio sports reporter reporting on The Derby for the British Broadcasting Company
  • 1933-03-02 "King Kong" film directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, starring Fay Wray premieres at Radio City Music Hall and RKO Roxy in NYC