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Edgar Wallace
1875-1932
 

Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace was born in Greenwich. His mother was an actress, his father he never knew. He grew up and was educated in South London. After a succession of different jobs, he started to write short stories based on his own experiences. In 1893 he joined the Royal West Kent Regiment. Three years later, he transferred to the Medical Staff Corps where he rose to the rank of corporal. When he went to South Africa in 1896, he was producing poetry in the style of Rudyard Kipling. With the publication of these verses, he began to establish a reputation for himself. His army pay was supplemented with regular articles for various Cape Town newspapers. In South Africa he met his first wife, with whom he had two sons and two daughters. Returning to England, he published his second book of poetry, but it failed just as the first one. In 1905, he began writing his first novel. As he could not find a publisher, he created his own company, The Tallis Press. Many novels followed, some written in just one weekend. In the late Twenties, he began to sell film rights to his novels. He earned a lot of money, but spent even more. When he died, he left debts totalling £ 140.000. Visit also this site.

 

Titles and year of publication:
 
Novels
 1) The Four Just Men  1905
 2) Angel Esquire  1908
 3) The Council of Justice  1908
 4) The Duke in the Suburbs  1909
 5) Captain Tatham of Tatham Island (Also published as: Eve's Island)  1909
 6) The Nine Bears (US Title: The Other Man) (Also published as: The Cheaters)  1910
 7) Private Selby  1912
 8) The Fourth Plague  1913
 9) Grey Timothy (Also published as: Pallard the Punter)  1913
10) The River of Stars  1913
11) 1925: The Story of a Fatal Peace  1915
12) The Man Who Bought London  1915
13) The Melody of Death  1915
14) A Debt Discharged  1916
15) The Tomb of Ts'In  1916
16) The Just Men of Cordova  1917
17) The Clue of the Twisted Candle  1917
18) The Secret House  1917
19) Those Folk of Bulboro  1918
20) Down Under Donovan  1918
21) Kate Plus Ten  1919
22) The Man Who Knew  1919
23) The Green Rust  1919
24) The Daffodil Mystery (US Title: The Daffodil Murder)  1920
25) Jack o'Judgement  1920
26) The Book of All Power  1921
27) The Angel of Terror (Also published as: The Destroying Angel)  1922
28) The Crimson Circle  1922
29) The Flying Fifty-Five  1922
30) Mr Justice Maxwell  1922
31) The Valley of Ghosts  1922
32) Captains of Souls  1923
33) The Books of Bart  1923
34) The Clue of the New Pin  1923
35) The Green Archer  1923
36) The Missing Million (US Title: The Missing Millions)  1923
37) The Dark Eyes of London  1924
38) Double Dan (US Title: Diana of Kara-Kara)  1924
39) The Face in the Night  1924
40) Room 13  1924
41) The Sinister Man  1924
42) The Three Oak Mystery  1924
43) The Blue Hand  1925
44) The Daughters of the Night  1925
45) The Fellowship of the Frog  1925
46) The Gaunt Stranger (US Title: The Ringer)  1925
47) A King by Night  1925
48) The Three Just Men  1925
49) The Man from Morocco (US Title: The Black)  1925
50) The Strange Countess  1925
51) Barbara on Her Own  1926
52) The Avenger (US Title: The Hairy Arm)  1926
53) The Black Abbot  1926
54) The Day of Uniting  1926
55) The Door with Seven Locks  1926
56) The Joker (US Title: The Colossus)  1926
57) The Million Dollar Story  1926
58) The Northing Tramp (Also published as: The Tramp)  1926
59) Penelope of the 'Polyantha'  1926
60) The Square Emerald (US Title: The Girl from Scotland Yard)  1926
61) The Terrible People  1926
62) We Shall See! (US Title: The Gaol Breaker)  1926
63) The Yellow Snake  1926
64) The Hand of Power  1926
65) Flat 2  1927
66) Big Foot  1927
67) The Feathered Serpent  1927
68) The Forger (US Title: The Clever One)  1927
69) The Man Who Was Nobody  1927
70) The Ringer  1927
71) The Squeaker (US Title: The Squealer)  1927
72) Terror Keep  1927
73) The Traitor's Gate  1927
74) Number Six  1927
75) The Double  1928
76) The Thief in the Night  1928
77) The Flying Squad  1928
78) The Gunner (US Title: Gunman's Bluff)  1928
79) The Twister  1928
80) The Golden Hades  1929
81) The India-Rubber Men  1929
82) The Terror  1929
83) The Green Ribbon  1929
84) The Man Who Changed His Name  1929
85) The Calendar  1930
86) The Clue of the Silver Key (US Title: The Silver Key)  1930
87) The Lady of Ascot  1930
88) White Face  1930
89) On the Spot  1931
90) The Coat of Arms (US Title: The Arranways Mystery)  1931
91) The Devil Man  1931
92) The Man at the Carlton  1931
93) When the Gangs Came to London  1932
94) The Frightened Lady (US Title: The Mystery of the Frightened Lady)  1933
95) The Mouthpiece  1935
96) Smoky Cell  1935
97) The Table  1936
98) Sanctuary Island  1936
99) King Kong  1966
100) The Road to London  1986
Short Story Collections
 1) Smithy  1905
 2) Smithy Abroad: Barrack Room Sketches  1909
 3) Sanders of the River  1911
 4) The People of the River  1912
 5) Smithy's Friend Nobby  1914
 6) Bosambo of the River  1914
 7) The Admirable Carfew  1914
 8) Bones  1915
 9) Smithy and the Hun  1915
10) The Keepers of the King's Peace  1917
11) Lieutenant Bones  1918
12) Tam O' the Scouts  1918
13) The Fighting Scouts  1919
14) The Adventures of Heine  1919
15) Bones in London  1921
16) The Law of the Four Just Men (US Title: Again the Three Just Men)  1921
17) Sandi, the King Maker  1922
18) Chick  1923
19) Bones of the River  1923
20) Educated Evans  1924
21) The Mind of Mr J.G. Reeder (US Title: The Murder Book of Mr. J.G. Reeder)  1925
22) More Educated Evans  1926
23) Sanders (US Title: Mr. Commissioner Sanders)  1926
24) Good Evans! (Also published as: The Educated Man)  1926
25) The Brigand  1927
26) The Mixer  1927
27) Again Sanders  1928
28) Again the Three Just Men (US Title: The Law of the Three Just Men) (Also published as: Again the Three)  1928
29) Elegant Edward  1928
30) The Orator  1928
31) Again the Ringer (US Title: The Ringer Returns)  1929
32) Four Square Jane  1929
33) The Big Four  1929
34) The Black  1929
35) The Ghost of Down Hill  1929
36) Forty-Eight Short Stories  1929
37) The Cat Burglar  1929
38) Circumstantial Evidence  1929
39) Fighting Snub Reilly  1929
40) The Governor of Chi-Foo  1929
41) The Little Green Man  1929
42) The Prison-Breakers  1929
43) Planetoid 127  1929
44) For Information Received  1929
45) The Lady of Little Hell  1929
46) The Lone House Mystery  1929
47) Red Aces  1929
48) The Reporter  1929
49) The Iron Grip  1929
50) Mrs William Jones and Bill  1930
51) Killer Kay  1930
52) The Lady Called Nita  1930
53) The Guv'nor and Other Short Stories (US Title: Mr. Reeder Returns)  1932
54) Sergeant Sir Peter (Also published as: Sergeant Dunn, CID)  1932
55) The Steward  1932
56) Mr J.G. Reeder Returns  1934
57) The Last Adventure  1934
58) The Woman from the East  1934
59) Nig-Nog and other humorous stories  1934
60) The Edgar Wallace Reader  1943
61) The Undisclosed Client  1963
62) The Man Who Married His Cook  1976
63) The Sooper and Others  1984
64) The Death Room: Strange and Startling Stories  1986

Contents of the Short Story Collections

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