Books: Money-Maker

EDGAR WALLACE — Margaret Lane —Doubleday, Doran ($3).

In the strange case of the late Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace, prodigiously prolific writer of mystery yarns, legend outdid the truth only a little. Legend said that he was merely the figurehead of a big writing syndicate. Witnesses swore it was true, however flabbergasting, that he dictated a full-length thriller in 60 hours, 1,200-word articles in 20 minutes, a hit play in 14 hours. To complicate the picture, he was also called a lazy man, who squandered many an hour at poker, many an afternoon at...

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