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Edgar Wallace christened Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace was born 1st April 1875 to actress Polly Richards. He was adopted at the age of nine days, by Billingsgate Fish porter Dick Freeman.

He began his working life on Fleet Street at the age of eleven selling newspapers at Ludgate Circus. During his life he wrote many bestsellers. He made millions and yet when he died he owed millions. His books have been in print almost constantly since his death, currently being published in England by House of Stratus and in Germany by Goldmann & Weltbild.

In 1969 The Edgar Wallace Society was formed by his youngest daughter Penelope Wallace.


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