Vintage German Edgar Wallace Paperbacks


General Culture

“Edgar Wallace was a prolific British crime writer, journalist and playwright, who wrote 175 novels, 24 plays, and countless articles in newspapers and journals. Over 160 films have been made of his novels, more than any other author. In the 1920s, one of Wallace’s publishers claimed that a quarter of all books read in England were written by him.” (source, with the usual caveat about the accuracy of the information) For some odd reason, Germans have always loved Edgar Wallace’s pulp fiction, and the paperbacks have been selling like the proverbial hotcakes. Add to that a series of movies in the 1960s, plus - lately - audio “books” (just to give you an idea how popular he is in Germany, while I got 87 hits on today, offered me 1,425 articles) . Since I love buying old paperbacks and since older editions of Edgar Wallace novels were designed quite beautifully, I bought some late 1950s/early 1960s on German Ebay, and I finally managed to get them to the States and scan them. Have a look. Coincidentally, Ralf Zeigermann, another German expat, just scanned his.