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The King Kong of the thriller: the phenomenal output of Edgar Wallace, once the world’s most popular author

A review of Stranger than Fiction by Neil Clark explores the  turbulent life of King Kong’s creator

31 January 2015

9:00 AM

31 January 2015

9:00 AM

Stranger than Fiction: The Life of Edgar Wallace, the Man Who Created King Kong Neil Clark

The History Press, pp.256, £17.99, ISBN: 9780752498829

At the time of his death in 1932 Edgar Wallace had published some 200 books, 25 plays, 45 collections of short stories, several volumes of verse, countless newspaper and magazine articles, movie scripts, radio plays and more. His work was dictated, transcribed and sent directly to the publisher. In one year alone (1929) he wrote a dozen books.

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