Edgar Wallace (1875-1932)

Death: 10th February 1932
Location: Fern Lane Cemetery, Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England
Cause of death: Diabetes
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British crime writer and playwright who produced 175 novels and 24 plays. He was born in London and abandoned when he was nine days old at Billingsgate Fish Market where he was found and brought up by a fishmonger. 
He started his journalistic career as a war correspondent during the Boer War. He then began his prolific career as an author. He is the co-creator of King Kong, writing the early screenplay and story for the movie, as well as a short story King Kong (1933) credited to him and Draycott Dell. 
His crime novels differed to others written at the same time as he used policemen, rather than amateur detectives, to solve the crimes. He was known for the J.G. Reeder detective stories and The Four Just Men. Many of his works were turned into B-movies in Britain and Germany. He died in Hollywood whilst working on the screenplay of King Kong.