Sunday 23 October 2011

Harlequin Authors Part XI

David Glover, in his introduction to the Oxford University Press edition of Wallace's first novel, The Four Just Men, notes that "Wallace was undoubtedly the most successful and best-loved writer of his generation."

Some 30 years later Harlequin Books published 17 Wallace books giving Wallace third place behind Rene Brabazon (James Hadley Chase and Raymond Marshall) and Lucy Hancock with the most Harlequin titles between 1949 and 1959. Interestingly all 17 books are seen in the last five years (1955-1959) when only 42 crime/thrillers (of a total 163 titles) were published as Harlequin shifted to all romance.

The third Wallace Harlequin is his first novel. The Oxford edition includes the 1908 sequel The Council of Justice.

Harlequin 349 - January 1956

Harlequin 349 back

Oxford University Press - 1995

Oxford University Press back

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