The British novelist who worked on the screen play for the 1933 film "King Kong" was Edgar Wallace. Born Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace (1875-1932), he was a prolific crime writer, journalist, and playwright, who wrote 175 novels, 24 plays, and very many, (countless) articles in newspapers and journals.

To date over 160 films have been made about novels by Wallace, more than any other author. In the 1920s, one of Wallace's publishers and friends claimed that a quarter of all books read in England were written by him.

Wallace is most famous today as 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. Also, during his lifetime, he was well known for the J. G. Reeder detective stories, 'The Four Just Men' (1905), the play, 'The Ringer' (1929), and for creating the Green Archer character in the crime novel, 'The Green Archer' (1923).

Most of Wallace's novels are thrillers and have been very popular with readers. As a prolific writer, he helped to clearly define the thriller genre. Many of Wallace’s stories have been seen as very reinforcing. They recall a time, place, and set of mores that have now been loss to history.

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