Edgar Wallace About the Author English author Edgar Wallace (1875-1932) was an illegitimate child who left school at 12. He joined the army at 21 and was a war correspondent for Reuters and the Daily Mail. Struggling with debt, he left South Africa, returned to London, and began writing thrillers to raise income. He published The Four Just Men (1905) and Sanders of the River (1911). After a bid as Liberal MP for Blackpool, Wallace moved to Hollywood, where he worked as a script writer for RKO studios. Wallace was such a prolific writer that one of his publishers claimed that a quarter of all books in England were written by him. He died from diabetes during the initial drafting of King Kong (1933).