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Edgar Wallace (1875–1932)

Author of The Four Just Men

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About the Author

Among the most prolific of all authors of adventure fiction was the redoubtable Edgar Wallace. Born in London, Wallace received his early education at St. Peter's School and the Board School. Wallace served in the Royal West Kent Regiment in England and later as part of the Medical Staff Corps show more stationed in South Africa. During World War I, Wallace acted as a special interrogator for the War Office. As was the case with a number of successful popular authors, Wallace experienced a rich and diverse life before turning to professional writing. From 1886 to the 1930s, he worked in a printing shop, a shoe shop, and a rubber factory, and served as a merchant sailor and milk deliverer. Beginning in 1899, Wallace became a journalist and wrote variously for the London Daily Mail and the Rand Daily News, among others; he also worked with the racing periodicals, having founded two of them---Bibury's Weekly and R. E. Walton's Weekly. Like Sax Rohmer, Wallace earned a fortune from his writings, yet, because of a lack of business sense and a tendency to overspend, he died in debt. A prodigious writer of fiction, Wallace published, over the course of his professional life, some 173 books and wrote 17 plays. Many of his adventure narratives featured elements of crime or mystery, but they all thrived on action. Although Wallace's handling of plot was superb and he was respected for his ability to blend suspense with humor, he was less successful with his characters, who tended to be two-dimensional and stereotyped. One of his early crime adventures, The Four Just Men (1906), introduced what was to become a trademark for Wallace---lurid sensationalism coupled with dramatic violence. Wallace published in a wide range of genres, including poetry, short fiction, autobiography, and epic political history. Regrettably, much of what he wrote has lapsed into obscurity today. As sometimes is the problem with popular fiction, perhaps it was too hurriedly written---too intimately connected with its contemporary audience---to stand the ultimate test of time. But Wallace's work was highly influential, especially in the American pulp magazine markets of the Great Depression, and stands today, despite its many flaws, as some of the most effective literary adventures ever written. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Edgar Wallace

The Four Just Men (1905) 402 copies
The Crimson Circle (1922) 186 copies
The Door With Seven Locks (1926) 184 copies
The Mind of J. G. Reeder (1925) 183 copies
The Angel of Terror (1922) 151 copies
The Ringer (1926) 150 copies
The Fellowship of the Frog (1923) 135 copies
The Daffodil Mystery (1920) 134 copies
The Feathered Serpent (1927) 130 copies
The Green Archer (1923) 128 copies
The Black Abbot (1926) 128 copies
La gente terrible (1926) 122 copies
Sanders of the River (1911) 111 copies
The Green Rust (1919) 102 copies
The Forger (1927) 98 copies
White Face (1930) 95 copies
The Clue of the Silver Key (1930) 95 copies
Room 13 (1924) 94 copies
Die gelbe Schlange (1926) 92 copies
The Joker (1926) 89 copies
The Valley of Ghosts (1922) 89 copies
The Clue of the New Pin (1923) 89 copies
The Secret House (1917) 87 copies
The Square Emerald (1926) 87 copies
The Strange Countess (1925) 86 copies
The Squealer (1927) 86 copies
The India-Rubber Men (1929) 85 copies
The Dark Eyes of London (1924) 84 copies
Again the Ringer (1929) 83 copies
Big Foot (1927) 82 copies
The Man Who Was Nobody (1940) 80 copies
The Complete Four Just Men (2012) 79 copies
The Council Of Justice (1908) 79 copies
The Frightened Lady (1933) 79 copies
The Three Just Men (1926) 77 copies
The Avenger (1925) 77 copies
Terror Keep (1927) 76 copies
The Man Who Knew (1961) 76 copies
The Just Men of Cordova (1917) 74 copies
The Twister (1928) 74 copies
The Three Oak Mystery (1900) 72 copies
The Double (1928) 71 copies
Bones in London (1921) 69 copies
Again the Three (1928) 68 copies
The Flying Squad (1928) 67 copies
The Traitor's Gate (1927) 66 copies
Red Aces (1929) 66 copies
Blue Hand (1925) 64 copies
The Man Who Bought London (1982) 62 copies
The Sinister Man (1924) 62 copies
Flat 2 (1929) 60 copies
Jack O' Judgment (1920) 59 copies
Angel Esquire (1908) 59 copies
The Golden Hades (1929) 59 copies
The Man from Morocco (1926) 58 copies
The Face in the Night (1924) 57 copies
On the spot (1931) — Author — 56 copies
Bones (1988) 55 copies
The Brigand (1927) 54 copies
Sanders (1926) 53 copies
The Green Ribbon (1929) 53 copies
Mr J G Reeder Returns (1931) 52 copies
The Man at the Carlton (1931) 50 copies
The Missing Million (1923) 50 copies
The Terror (1960) 49 copies
The Arranways mystery (1931) 48 copies
The People of the River (1976) 47 copies
The Fourth Plague (1930) 47 copies
The Hand of Power (1927) 46 copies
The Book of All-Power (1972) 46 copies
Mr Justice Maxell (1922) 46 copies
Bosambo of the River (1921) 44 copies
The Northing Tramp (1926) 43 copies
A Debt Discharged (1980) 42 copies
The Melody of Death (1915) 41 copies
The Calendar (1930) 38 copies
Penelope of the "Polyantha" (1970) 38 copies
The Daughters of The Night (1982) 37 copies
Double Dan (1924) 37 copies
The Mixer (1927) 37 copies
Again Sanders (1928) 37 copies
The Lady of Ascot (1950) 33 copies
Down Under Donovan (1947) 33 copies
The Day of Uniting (1926) 33 copies
Kate, Plus 10 (1917) 33 copies
We Shall See (1931) 33 copies
The Devil Man (1931) 32 copies
The Million Dollar Story (1928) 32 copies
A King By Night (1926) 30 copies
Captain of Souls (1923) 29 copies
The Orator (1928) 29 copies
The River of Stars (1963) 27 copies
The Nine Bears (1910) 27 copies
Hands up! (1960) 25 copies
The Thief in the Night (1777) 25 copies
Four Square Jane (1929) 25 copies
Tam o' the scoots (1918) 24 copies
Lieutenant Bones (1962) 22 copies
The Green Pack (1933) 22 copies
Gunman's Bluff (1929) 22 copies
Die Abenteuerin (1954) 20 copies
Sandi the King Maker (1959) 19 copies
Verdammte Konkurrenz (1926) 18 copies
Das Juwel aus Paris. (1978) 17 copies
The Lone House Mystery (1962) 17 copies
The Tomb of Ts'in (1995) 17 copies
Grey Timothy (1972) 16 copies
Der Mann im Hintergrund (1962) 16 copies
The Duke in the Suburbs (1930) 16 copies
The Flying Fifty-Five (1968) 15 copies
The Girl from Scotland Yard (1927) 15 copies
The Black (1929) 14 copies
The Iron Grip (1929) 14 copies
The Gaunt Stranger (1925) 14 copies
The Mouthpiece (1963) 13 copies
Eve's Island (1962) 13 copies
Chick (1996) 11 copies
Four Great Mystery Novels (1948) — Contributor — 11 copies
Good Evans (2001) 10 copies
The Man Who Passed (2010) 9 copies
Obras selectas (Teatro) (1900) 9 copies
Those Folk of Bulboro (1930) — Author — 8 copies
The Admirable Carfew (1914) 8 copies
The Books of Bart (2013) 8 copies
The Governor of Chi-Foo (1933) 8 copies
More Educated Evans (2001) 7 copies
Planetoid 127 (1987) 7 copies
I dieci volti del delitto (1995) 7 copies
The Reporter (2018) 6 copies
Private Selby (1920) 6 copies
THE ADVENTURES OF HEINE (2017) 6 copies
Educated Evans (2018) 6 copies
The Greek Poropulos (2010) 6 copies
Omnibus 6 copies
The Road to London (1986) 6 copies
Die Schatzkammer (2012) 6 copies
Novelas de intriga (1961) 5 copies
Diana of Kara-Kara (1924) 5 copies
Unofficial Dispatches (1901) 5 copies
The Stolen Romney (1993) 5 copies
The Big Four (1952) 5 copies
The Steward (2018) 5 copies
Four in One Mysteries (1924) 5 copies
'The Sooper' and Others (1984) 5 copies
The Little Green Man (1995) 4 copies
Elegant Edward (1929) 4 copies
The Chopham Affair (1934) 4 copies
The Ghost Walker (2010) 4 copies
Meistermorde (1983) 4 copies
Sergeant Sir Peter (2011) 4 copies
The Mind Reader 4 copies
Smoky Cell (1935) 4 copies
Smithy (2016) 4 copies
The Lady Called Nita (2018) 3 copies
The Undisclosed Client (2018) 3 copies
Delitti a Londra (1989) 3 copies
Edgar Wallace (2016) 3 copies
Slučaj Joe Attymara (1998) 3 copies
The Great Reward (2014) 3 copies
The Gambling Girl (2014) 3 copies
The Death Room (1986) 3 copies
Patria (2018) 2 copies
The Price a Woman Pays (2015) 2 copies
All'ombra del delitto (1985) 2 copies
Der Hexer. CD. (2003) 2 copies
S.O.S. : kriminaalromaan (1988) 2 copies
Bones in Africa 2 copies
Sergeant Dunn,C.I.D. (1963) 2 copies
Mystery Novels Vol. 2 (2014) 2 copies
Mystery Novels Vol. 1 (2014) 2 copies
The Stretelli Case (1930) 2 copies
Los jarrones turcos (1901) 2 copies
The Mission that Failed (1970) 2 copies
Afrika- Romane: 6 Bde. (1989) 2 copies
Forty-Eight Short Stories (1929) 2 copies
This England 2 copies
Writ in Barracks (2017) 2 copies
The Green Mamba (2013) 2 copies
Nobby (2016) 2 copies
Il segno del delitto (1978) 1 copy
Der rote Kreis (2004) 1 copy
Svart magi 1 copy
Folge 3: Der Hexer (2014) 1 copy
Killer Kay 1 copy
The Man Who Killed X (2018) 1 copy
The Man in the Ditch [short story] [audio] (1928) — Narrator — 1 copy
Gangsters 1 copy
The Fighting Scouts (2016) 1 copy
Omnibusbogen — Author — 1 copy
Angivaren 1 copy
Det Store Kupp (1930) 1 copy
P G reader 1 copy
The Black Grippe (2010) 1 copy
Clues 1 copy
Tam 1 copy
La dama del Brasil (1901) 1 copy
[Works] 1 copy
Alarmklockan 1 copy
Die Wallace Box (2009) 1 copy
The Black Avons (2013) 1 copy
Dubbeltreffer (1983) 1 copy
OBRAS SELECTAS (I) (1984) 1 copy
Blixten 1 copy

Associated Works

King Kong (1932) — Original screenplay — 411 copies
The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries (2013) — Contributor — 265 copies
A Treasury of Great Mysteries (Volumes 1 & 2) (1957) — Contributor — 259 copies
Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries (2015) — Contributor — 227 copies
Crime Stories from the Strand (1991) — Contributor — 222 copies
A Treasury of Great Mysteries (Volume 1) (1957) — Contributor — 198 copies
Crimson Snow: Winter Mysteries (2016) — Contributor — 191 copies
The Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime (2009) — Contributor — 176 copies
100 Crooked Little Crime Stories (1994) — Contributor — 161 copies
Capital Crimes: London Mysteries (2015) — Contributor — 150 copies
Science Fiction Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2015) — Contributor — 126 copies
The Big Book of Adventure Stories (2011) — Contributor — 110 copies
Strange Tales From the Strand (1991) — Contributor — 108 copies
The Pulps: Fifty Years of American Pop Culture (1886) — Contributor — 99 copies
Crime for Christmas (1991) — Contributor — 84 copies
The Long Arm of the Law (2017) — Contributor — 81 copies
The Mammoth Book of Great Detective Stories (1985) — Contributor — 79 copies
The Big Book of Female Detectives (2018) — Contributor — 76 copies
The Mammoth Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1998) — Contributor — 73 copies
Great Ghost Stories (1936) — Contributor — 67 copies
Crime and Mystery Short Stories (2016) — Contributor — 66 copies
The Dick Francis Treasury of Great Racing Stories (1990) — Contributor — 60 copies
The Platform Edge: Uncanny Tales of the Railways (2019) — Contributor — 54 copies
Great Classic Stories: 22 Unabridged Classics (2006) — Contributor, some editions — 51 copies
The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2 (1656) — Contributor — 49 copies
65 Great Murder Mysteries (1983) — Contributor — 41 copies
The Oxford Book of Historical Stories (1994) — Contributor — 40 copies
Guilty Creatures: A Menagerie of Mysteries (2021) — Contributor — 38 copies
Bodies in the Library Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2020) — Contributor — 31 copies
The Mystery Book (1934) — Contributor — 28 copies
Rogues' Gallery: The Great Criminals of Modern Fiction (1945) — Contributor — 27 copies
The Boys' Second Book of Great Detective Stories (1940) — Contributor — 24 copies
Detective Mysteries Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2019) — Contributor — 21 copies
The Pocket Book of Great Detectives (1941) — Contributor — 21 copies
Classic Detective Stories (1992) — Contributor — 21 copies
Murder at the Races (1995) — Contributor — 20 copies
The Mammoth Book of Movie Detectives and Screen Crimes (1998) — Contributor — 20 copies
Great Tales of Detection (1936) — Contributor — 20 copies
A Century of Detective Stories (1935) — Contributor — 20 copies
Urban Crime Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2019) — Contributor — 19 copies
Twelve Tales of Murder (1998) — Contributor — 17 copies
The New Treasury of Great Racing Stories (1992) — Contributor — 16 copies
Classic Crime Short Stories (2001) — Contributor — 13 copies
The Mystery Companion (1948) — Contributor — 12 copies
The Dark Eyes of London {film} — Original book — 12 copies
The Second Century of Detective Stories (1938) — Contributor — 12 copies
The Black Cap: New Stories of Murder and Mystery (1928) — Contributor — 9 copies
Thrills, Crimes and Mysteries (1935) — Contributor — 9 copies
The London Omnibus (1932) — Contributor — 6 copies
Detective Omnibus — Contributor — 6 copies
I delitti della camera chiusa (1975) — Contributor — 5 copies
Huivering wekken : 26 onthutsende verhalen (1982) — Contributor — 4 copies
The Big book of detective stories — Contributor — 4 copies
Avon Mystery Story Teller — Contributor — 4 copies
Piirakkasota : Valikoima huumoria — Contributor — 3 copies
Best Stories of the Underworld (1942) — Contributor — 3 copies
After Dark Classics (CSA Word Recording) (2011) — Contributor — 3 copies
Vintermysterier — Author, some editions — 3 copies
Man Detained [1961 film] (1961) 3 copies
Flat Two [1962 film] (1962) 2 copies
Backfire! [1962 film] (1962) 2 copies
Number Six [1962 film] (1962) 2 copies
Playback [1962 film] (1962) 2 copies
Stories of horror and suspense : an anthology (1977) — Contributor — 2 copies
Death Trap [1962 film] (1962) 2 copies
Great Stories of Detection (1960) — Contributor — 2 copies
The Door With Seven Locks [1940 film] — Original book — 2 copies
Spionhistorier fra hele verden — Contributor — 2 copies
Poltergeist: Tales of Deadly Ghosts (1987) — Contributor — 2 copies
Detectives and Criminals (1993) — Contributor — 1 copy
Verdens beste kriminalhistorier — Contributor — 1 copy
Sixteen on — Contributor — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Wallace, Edgar
Legal name
Wallace, Richard Horatio Edgar
Birthdate
1875-04-01
Date of death
1932-02-10
Burial location
Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England
Gender
male
Nationality
UK
Birthplace
London, England, UK
Place of death
Hollywood, California, USA
Cause of death
diabetes
pneumonia
Places of residence
South Africa
Occupations
journalist
novelist
scriptwriter
Relationships
Wallace, Bryan Edgar (son)
Wallace, Penelope (daughter)
Short biography
Born into poverty as an illegitimate London child, Wallace left school at 12. He joined the army at 21 and was a war correspondent during the Second Boer War for Reuters and the Daily Mail. Struggling with debt, he left South Africa, returned to London and began writing thrillers to raise income, publishing books including The Four Just Men (1905). Drawing on time as a reporter in the Congo, covering the Belgian atrocities, Wallace serialised short stories in magazines, later publishing collections such as Sanders of the River (1911). He signed with Hodder and Stoughton in 1921 and became an internationally recognised author.

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Not really worth it. A dimestore novel, but it's outlived its usefulness. Too many characters, and a plot which is promoted as "one of the great puzzles of crime fiction" but really hangs entirely on contrivance. Points, though, for some of the unexpected deviations - the story of Billy Marks is affectingly handled - and for its surprising timeliness: a story about well-meaning activists who become terrorists in their bid to stop an illegal immigration bill planned by self-righteous-but-decent politicians. Interesting, but unworthy.… (more)
 
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therebelprince | 11 other reviews | Oct 24, 2023 |
Se c'è un oppressore che offende la legge divina e la morale degli uomini, e tuttavia riesce a sfuggire alla giustizia e a farla franca, noi siamo pronti a castigarlo. (dalla copertina)
 
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NewLibrary78 | 11 other reviews | Jul 22, 2023 |
I have shelved this book as 'mystery' but it's not really a mystery so much as a crime story. This series about the 4 just men is about the 4 meting out justice to criminals who elude the official justice system (either from cleverness or wealth and power). The story is told more from the perspective of the criminal; today that is not so unusual but it was in 1917 when this book was first published.

Bill Homewood gives an excellent narration. In particular, his various accents were superb.… (more)
 
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leslie.98 | 3 other reviews | Jun 27, 2023 |

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