Wednesday, August 05, 2015
Stranger than Fiction -the Life of Edgar Wallace, the man who created King Kong by Neil Clark
Duncan Campbell's review of my biography of Edgar Wallace, from Saturday's Guardian:
There is a plaque on Ludgate Circus, at the end of Fleet Street, that says of its dedicatee: “He knew wealth and poverty, yet had walked with Kings and kept his bearings. Of his talents, he gave lavishly to authorship – but to Fleet Street he gave his heart.” How many of the thousands of people who scurry past it each day know that Edgar Wallace, the man commemorated, was once the most widely read author in the world and had also been a newspaper seller, medical orderly, poet, war correspondent, crime reporter, editor, playwright, racehorse owner, director, parliamentary candidate and Hollywood screenwriter responsible for one of the most famous scenes in cinema history?....
You can read the whole review here.