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Edgar Wallace (1875–1932)

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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 visa mer 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) visa färre
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Verk av Edgar Wallace

The Crimson Circle (1922) 189 exemplar
The Mind of J. G. Reeder (1925) 187 exemplar
The Door With Seven Locks (1926) 185 exemplar
The Clue of the Twisted Candle (1916) 183 exemplar
The Angel of Terror (1922) 153 exemplar
The Ringer (1926) 152 exemplar
The Daffodil Mystery (1920) 138 exemplar
The Fellowship of the Frog (1923) 136 exemplar
The Black Abbot (1926) 131 exemplar
The Feathered Serpent (1927) 131 exemplar
The Green Archer (1923) 128 exemplar
La gente terrible (1926) 126 exemplar
Sanders of the River (1911) 112 exemplar
The Green Rust (1919) 107 exemplar
The Forger (1927) 100 exemplar
The Clue of the Silver Key (1930) 97 exemplar
Vita ansiktet (1930) 95 exemplar
Die gelbe Schlange (1926) 94 exemplar
Room 13 (1924) 94 exemplar
The Valley of Ghosts (1922) 92 exemplar
The Joker (1926) 90 exemplar
The Clue of the New Pin (1923) 89 exemplar
The Secret House (1917) 89 exemplar
Smaragden (1926) 89 exemplar
The India-Rubber Men (1929) 87 exemplar
The Squealer (1927) 87 exemplar
The Strange Countess (1925) 86 exemplar
Dödens hus (1924) 85 exemplar
Again the Ringer (1929) 84 exemplar
Storfoten (1927) 82 exemplar
The Man Who Was Nobody (1940) 80 exemplar
Terror Keep (1927) 80 exemplar
The Complete Four Just Men (2012) 80 exemplar
The Frightened Lady (1933) 79 exemplar
The Three Just Men (1926) 78 exemplar
The Man Who Knew (1961) 77 exemplar
The Avenger (1925) 77 exemplar
The Twister (1928) 75 exemplar
The Just Men of Cordova (1917) 75 exemplar
Brottets ögon (1900) 72 exemplar
Bones in London (1921) 71 exemplar
The Double (1928) 71 exemplar
The Flying Squad (1928) 68 exemplar
Again the Three (1928) 68 exemplar
Red Aces (1929) 68 exemplar
The Traitor's Gate (1927) 67 exemplar
Blue Hand (1925) 64 exemplar
The Man Who Bought London (1982) 63 exemplar
The Sinister Man (1924) 63 exemplar
Jack O' Judgment (1920) 62 exemplar
Angel Esquire (1908) 61 exemplar
Flat 2 (1929) 60 exemplar
The Golden Hades (1929) 60 exemplar
The Man from Morocco (1926) 59 exemplar
Bones (1988) 58 exemplar
On the spot (1931) — Författare — 57 exemplar
The Face in the Night (1924) 57 exemplar
The Green Ribbon (1929) 55 exemplar
The Brigand (1927) 54 exemplar
The Law of the Four Just Men (1921) 54 exemplar
Mr J G Reeder Returns (1931) 53 exemplar
Kommissarie Sanders (1926) 53 exemplar
Gröna bågskytten (1923) 51 exemplar
The Terror (1960) 51 exemplar
The Man at the Carlton (1931) 51 exemplar
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Mr Justice Maxell (1922) 46 exemplar
The Hand of Power (1927) 46 exemplar
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The Northing Tramp (1926) 43 exemplar
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The Mixer (1927) 37 exemplar
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The Million Dollar Story (1928) 32 exemplar
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Vedertaget namn
Wallace, Edgar
Namn enligt folkbokföringen
Wallace, Richard Horatio Edgar
Födelsedag
1875-04-01
Avled
1932-02-10
Begravningsplats
Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England
Kön
male
Nationalitet
England
UK
Födelseort
London, England, UK
Dödsort
Hollywood, California, USA
Dödsorsak
diabetes
pneumonia
Bostadsorter
South Africa
Yrken
journalist
novelist
scriptwriter
Relationer
Wallace, Bryan Edgar (son)
Kort biografi
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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I really liked this one! J.G. Reeder shows his sensitive side. He's not very good at it, but it was quite sweet nonetheless. The mystery was solid and the ending was unexpected and much more dramatic than a lot of these old school mysteries.
 
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AliceAnna | 1 annan recension | Mar 2, 2024 |
An entertaining collection of the classic mysteries by Edgar Wallace.
 
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M_Clark | Feb 7, 2024 |
Un bell'inizio ma poi l'autore si confonde.
Elsa Marlowe potrebbe essere un ottimo personaggio, ma con troppe sfaccettature e non si sa quale prendere.
 
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NewLibrary78 | 2 andra recensioner | Jan 4, 2024 |
Edgar Wallace and his Four Just Men stories were unfamiliar to me before stumbling across this reprint in a flea market stall. A quick scan of the jacket suggested some penny dreadful fun, perhaps even some insights into the origins of crime thriller / noir / espionage genres, and that's pretty much what I got.

There had grown into being systems which defied correction; corporations beyond chastisement; individuals protected by cunningly drawn legislation and others who knew to an inch the scope of toleration. In the name of justice, these [four just] men struck swiftly, dispassionately, mercilessly. The great swindler, the procureur, the suborner of witnesses, the briber of juries -- they died.

There was no gradation of punishment: a warning, a second warning -- then death. [234-35]

It's notable that from the beginning, there are actually three Just Men, the titular fourth having died in a prior adventure. A new "fourth" seemingly rotates through the first two and perhaps later stories. Though Wallace endeavours to distinguish his three protagonists, I could never remember the names of any of them, and their characteristics resembled more than anything the skills of the prototypical heist crew. (Is Wallace perhaps the originator of that trope?)

A quick online search reveals the stories were adapted first as a silent film and later a B movie, before an updated treatment as an ITV series in 1959. The series featured a post-WWII setting and characters typically appearing solo in separate episodes, only keeping in contact by telephone between adventures. Interestingly, the ITV series came less than a decade after the appearance of Ian Fleming's first Bond novel, and just two years before the first Bond film.

The psychohistory surrounding both the stories's broad premise, and the popular reception given these stories and so many like them, is as compelling as anything Wallace writes.

THE FOUR JUST MEN (1905) | read 2023-07

Four vigilantes have been operating in Europe for some time (we are treated to a list of eighteen murders dating 1899-1904), but until recently went undetected. Their crimes were public and sensational, but were not linked together -- until the vigilantes themselves announce their next target, a British MP and Foreign Secretary. The Foreign Secretary is intent upon introducing a bill which the vigilantes are convinced will undermine the country. And so, they undertake an open letter promising assassination should he not desist, sincerely hoping this will dislodge the right honourable (but equally misguided) public servant from his course, and very much prepared to carry through with their own plan should he prove unequal to the moral task they set for him.

Interesting that this mission is so unlike the breathless descriptions of their prior adventures, each inspired to serve justice in cases of personal crimes done knowingly, deliberately, and for personal gain -- while here, the Foreign Secretary is doing only what he believes is best for the nation. But of course, none of those adventures were worthy of a novel, they are shared now only by way of establishing our heroes' bona fides. In a similar vein, even the current mission's rationale isn't persuasive: the entire objective is easily thwarted should another MP re-introduce the same bill later; alternately, the objective could be achieved more simply by assassinating the Carlist leader directly, though this would occasion less public moralising. Wallace's premise boils down to an exotic locked room mystery, the international and political intrigue more-or-less trappings, and he seems well aware of that. The perennial favour granted his formula proves he was onto something in the Zeitgeist.

THE COUNCIL OF JUSTICE (1908) | read 2023-08

The story is actually two. The first two-thirds of the novel is a story of the Red Hundred, an anarchist organisation and their dismantling by the Four. The novel's final third depicts one of the Just Men "captured", thereby rendering the Four no longer completely anonymous -- though his co-conspirators remain unknown, working toward the prisoner's escape. Across these two very different stories the reader is regaled with the extremely unlikely and the inexplicable.

The ending is the fun bit, the prisoner's bid for escape. The side plot with the Woman of Gratz being a rival to one of the Men, but ending up swooning for him is ... regrettable. Following on from my observations of the first novel, I can't help but wonder how much this served as a template for James Bond, up to and including the Red Hundred as inspiration for SPECTRE. Not having read any but one of Fleming's novels, the inspiration if any may be more for the films than the books.

to read:
THE JUST MEN OF CORDOVA (1918)
THE LAW OF THE FOUR JUST MEN (1921)
THE THREE JUST MEN (1924)
AGAIN THE THREE (1928)
… (mer)
 
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