Edgar Wallace

Wallace, Edgar

Schriftsteller (1875–1932). Autograph manuscript signed. [Berlin. 2¼ SS. auf 3 Bll. 4to.
$ 5,301 / 4.500 € (19046)

Nice reflection on his own work about the performance of his work „Der Zinker“ which was premiered at the same time under the title „The sign of the Leopard“ at Broadway: „It is two o’clock in the morning and very cold. Does Berlin ever go to sleep? It is the most restless and yet the most restful city in the world. It has the hum of London but there are times when London is quiet and the streets are deserted but in Berlin the night revellers going home meet the early risers going to work ...

there will be snow I think – I can smell it in the air. I suppose I should be wise and go to bed. But to leave a play that is three parts written is very difficult for me. Still I can get up early in the morning. I wonder how ‚Der Zinker’ will be received? The company is an excellent one, but it is curious to listen to your own play in a language which you cannot understand. And yet it is fascinating to listen to these rich German voices and watch the actors move and gesticulate ... It is eight o’clock in New York, the curtain is up on the premiere of ‚Der Zinker’ (they call it ‚The Sign of the Leopard’ there)[.] Will Carl Brandt telephone me from New York ... I wonder what sort of a girl is playing the principal role? Some German girls have a certain appealing beauty [...] What was the name of that girl I met yesterday? [...] I should like to be able to read what t[he] German correspondent wrote about my views on art. So many English people use the word ‚art’ when they mean ‚aesthetic’. They tell me I am not an artist because I write about criminals. Other people are artists when they write about God and show him in plus fours. I have my own views on the personal God but there are millions of people to whom he is something real and beautiful. Why wound the spirit of millions of good people? It is like desecrating the grave of a mans mother. But it may be good art. I don’t know. I am bourgeoisie I suppose ... Half past two ... taxis and cars still rolling to and from the Brandenburger Tor. A restless friendly city. How hard everybody works and how serious they are ... They work hard on the stage and in the studios ... there were two or three English actors in the cinema-studio I visited this afternoon. They were sorry that the film was finishing ... Everybody had been so kind to them[.] ‚My God they work hard!’ said one ‚but they work to schedule! You know exactly what you have to do and when you have to do it!’ ... Bed is a nice place but that wedge shaped bolster under your head is an abomination ... What was the name of that young German actress? ... Very lovely ... I wonder how she would film? ... God in plus fours ... art has many expressions [...]“. - Minor stains..

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Wallace, Edgar

Schriftsteller (1875-1932). Autograph manuscript. O. O. u. D. 30 SS. (paginiert 1– 30; die SS. 13 u. 14 auf einem Blatt), zum größten Teil 4to.
$ 11,191 / 9.500 € (46984)

The whole first act of his crime piece "The Squeaker", beginning with "Scene I": „[...] A corner of the Sub Editors Room on the ‚Post Courier’ / Four Sub Editors are sitting at small desks writing rapidly or reading + correcting copies. At a large desk is the chief Sub Editor his table littered with paper [...] R[ight] is a swing door through which messengers come + go. On one wall is a collection of placards the top one reading ‚New Moove to End Strike’ [...] There is a clock showing the hour 11.10.

The time is night [...]“. Last page verso with a list of persons being involved in "The Squeaker", which was published as a novel in 1927 and brought to stage the year after. - Punched holes, slighty water-stained; title page bears the stamp of the literary agency „Brandt & Brandt, N. Y.“; somewhat browned and with small damage to edges..

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Wallace, Edgar

Schriftsteller (1875-1932). SP, 5 x 7 inch, “Edgar Wallace”. O. O. u. D. 120:170 mm. Leichte Knickspuren und Fehlstelle am oberen Rand.
$ 1,414 / 1.200 € (909)

A head and shoulders profile photograph of the writer smoking a cigarette. Inscribed “To my dear Mimi”. Rare. Slightly creased and minor paper loss to the upper border.

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Wallace, Edgar

Schriftsteller (1875-1932). Autograph document. O. O. u. D. 1 S. Gr.-8vo. Beiliegend ein von anderer Hand beschriebenes Kuvert.
$ 2,945 / 2.500 € (44133/BN30101)

A list of 12 books written by him: "1. Four Just Men | 2. Crimson Circle | On the spot [...]". - On stationery with printed letterhead of Anderton's Hotel, London.

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