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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Irving Wallace  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1916 in Chicago, Illinois

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In addition to his birth in Chicago, Wallace was a reporter for the Chicago Daily News/Sun Times Wire Service at the Democratic and Republican national conventions in 1922.

Biographical and Professional Information

One of America's most popular writers (and one of its chief literary exports with volumes printed in 31 languages worldwide), Irving Wallace began his career while still in his teens, contributing stories and articles to magazines. In World War II Wallace served in the Frank Capra unit in Fort Fox along with Theodor Seuss Geisel - more popularly known as Dr Seuss - and continued to write for magazines. After an unsatisfying stint in Hollywood, he devoted himself full-time to writing books. He became a best-selling author and screenwriter. Wallace was known for his heavily researched novels, many with a sexual theme.


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