Born into poverty as an illegitimate London child, Wallace left school at age Struggling with debt, he left South Africa, returned to London, Peter wallace blackstone wife sexual dysfunction began writing thrillers to raise income, publishing books including The Four Just Men Drawing on his time as a reporter in the Congo, covering the Belgian atrocitiesWallace serialised short stories in magazines such as The Windsor Magazine and later published collections such as Sanders of the River He signed with Hodder and Stoughton in and became an internationally recognised author.
He died suddenly from undiagnosed diabetes, during the initial drafting of King Kong Wallace was such a prolific writer that one of his publishers claimed that a quarter of all books in England were written by him. More than films have been made of Wallace's work. He is remembered for the creation of King Kongas a writer of 'the colonial imagination', for the J.
Reeder detective storiesand for The Green Archer serial. He sold over 50 million copies of his combined works in various editions, and The Economist describes him as "one of the most prolific thriller writers of [the 20th] Peter wallace blackstone wife sexual dysfunction, although few of his books are still in print in the UK. Wallace's mother was born in Liverpool to an Irish Catholic family.
Her family had been in show business, and she worked in the theatre as a stagehand, usherette, and bit-part actress until she married in He and his father John Richards were both Merchant Navy captains, and his mother Catherine Richards came from a mariner family.
Joseph died at sea inleaving his
Peter wallace blackstone wife sexual dysfunction wife destitute. After the birth of Wallace's older sibling, his mother returned to the stage, assuming the stage name "Polly" Richards. Inshe met and joined the Marriott family theatre troupe, managed by Alice Marriott, her husband Richard Edgar, and her three adult children from earlier liasonsGrace, Adeline and Richard Horatio Marriott Edgar.
Wallace's parents had a "broom cupboard" style sexual encounter during an after-show party. Discovering she was pregnant, his mother invented a fictitious obligation in Greenwich that would last at least half a year and obtained a room in a boarding house where she lived until her son's birth, on 1 April The midwife introduced Wallace's mother to her close friend, Mrs Freeman, a mother of ten children, whose husband George Freeman was a Billingsgate fishmonger.
On 9 Aprilhis mother took Wallace to the semi-literate Freeman family, and made arrangements to visit often.
Wallace, then known as Richard Horatio Edgar Freeman, had a happy childhood and a close bond with year-old Clara Freeman, who became a second mother to him. Byhis mother could no longer afford the small sum she had been paying the Freemans to care for her son and, instead of placing the boy in the workhousethe Freemans adopted him. foster-father George Freeman was determined to ensure Richard received a good education, and for some time Wallace attended St.
A plaque at Ludgate Circus commemorates Wallace's first encounter with the newspaper business. Wallace began publishing songs and poetry, much inspired by Rudyard Kiplingwhom he met in Cape Town in Wallace's first book of ballads, The Mission that Failed!
Inhe bought his way out of the forces and turned to writing full-time. The couple's first child, Eleanor Clare Hellier Wallace, died suddenly from meningitis inand the couple returned to London soon afterward, deeply in debt.
In London, Wallace worked for the Mail and began writing detective stories in a bid to earn quick money. A son, Bryanwas born in followed by a daughter, Patricia, in Terminally ill, 60 years old, and living in poverty, she came to ask for money and was turned away. Polly died in the Bradford Infirmary later Peter wallace blackstone wife sexual dysfunction year. Unable to find any backer for his first book, Wallace set up his own publishing company, Tallis Press, which issued the thriller The Four Just Men Despite promotion in the Mail and good sales, the project was financially mismanaged, and Wallace had to be bailed out by the Mail' s proprietor Alfred Harmsworthwho was anxious that the farrago might reflect badly on his newspaper.
Wallace was dismissed inthe first reporter ever to be fired from the paper, and he found no other paper would employ him, given his reputation. The family lived continuously in a state Peter wallace blackstone wife sexual dysfunction near-bankruptcy, Ivy having to sell her jewellery for food.
DuringEdgar travelled to the Congo Free Stateto report on atrocities committed against the Congolese under King Leopold II of Belgium and the Belgian rubber companies, in which up to 15 million Congolese were killed. These were published as his first collection Sanders of the Rivera best seller, and in it was adapted into an eponymous filmstarring Paul Robeson.
Wallace went on to publish 11 more similar collections stories. They were tales of exotic adventure and local tribal rites, set on an African river, mostly without love interest as this held no appeal for Wallace. His first 28 books and their film rights he sold outright, with no royalties, for quick money.
The period from to was the most prolific of Wallace's life. Initially, he wrote mainly in order to satisfy creditors in the UK and South Africa. However, his books' success began to rehabilitate his reputation as a journalist, and he began reporting from horse racing circles.
Walton's Weeklyand bought many racehorses of his own. He lost many thousands gambling, and despite his success, spent large sums on an extravagant lifestyle he could not afford. Ivy moved to Tunbridge Wells with the children, and Wallace drew closer to his secretary Ethel Violet King —daughter of banker Frederick King. They married inand Penelope Wallace was born to them in Wallace began to take his fiction Peter wallace blackstone wife sexual dysfunction career more seriously and signed with publishers Hodder and Stoughton inorganising his contracts, instead of selling rights to his work piecemeal in order to raise funds.
This allowed him advances, royalties, and full scale promotional campaigns for his books, which he had never before had.
He was said to be able to write a 70, word novel in three days and plough through three novels at once, and the publishers agreed to publish everything he wrote as fast as he could write it. Init was estimated that one in four books being read in the UK had come from Wallace's pen. He wrote across many genres including science fiction, screen plays, and a non-fiction ten-volume history of the First World War. All told, he wrote over novels, 18 stage plays, and short stories, and his works were translated into 28 languages.
Wallace served as chairman of the Press Clubwhich continues to present an annual Edgar Wallace Award for excellence in writing. Additionally, British Lion employed his elder son, Bryan E. Wallace, as a film editor. He also invented at this time the Luncheon Club, bringing together his two greatest loves: Wallace was the first British crime novelist to use policemen as his protagonists, rather than amateur sleuths as most other writers of the time did.
Most of his novels are independent stand-alone stories; he seldom used series heroes, and when he did he avoided a strict story order, so that continuity was not required from book to book. Wallace's ex-wife Ivy was diagnosed with breast cancer inand though the tumour was successfully removed, it returned terminally byand she died in Wallace wrote a controversial Peter wallace blackstone wife sexual dysfunction in the Daily Mail in entitled "The Canker In Our Midst" about paedophilia and the show business world.
Biographer Margaret Lane describes it as an "intolerant, blustering, kick-the-blighters-down-the-stairs" type of essay, even by the standards of the day. Wallace became active in the Liberal Party and contested Blackpool in the general election as one of a handful of Independent Liberalswho rejected the National Governmentand the official Liberal support for it, and strongly supported free trade.
He went to America, burdened by debt, in November Around the same time, he wrote the "Peter wallace blackstone wife sexual dysfunction" for the first sound film adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervillesproduced by Gainsborough Pictures.
He moved to Hollywood and began working as a " script doctor " for RKO. Wallace's play On the Spotwritten about gangster Al Caponewould prove to be the writer's greatest theatrical success. It is described as "arguably, in construction, dialogue, action, plot and resolution, still one of the finest and purest of 20th-century melodramas".
By late January, however, he was beginning to suffer sudden, severe headaches and was diagnosed with diabetes. His condition deteriorated within Peter wallace blackstone wife sexual dysfunction. Violet booked passage on a liner out of Southamptonbut received word that Edgar had slipped into a coma and died of the condition, combined with double pneumoniaon 10 February in North Maple Drive, Beverly Hills. Bride's tolled in mourning.
Despite his later success, Wallace had amassed massive debts, some still remaining from his years in South Africa, many to racing bookies. The large royalties from his greatly popular works allowed the estate to be settled within two years.