Ink Never Fades
But writers do.
I found this plaque on a corner of Fleet Street (click to enlarge), and loved the sentiments expressed on it. There’s a pub bearing his name a little further on (no greater english accolade!) but who even remembers Edgar Wallace now?
Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace (April 1, 1875 – February 10, 1932) was an English crime writer, journalist, novelist, screenwriter, and playwright, who wrote 175 novels, 24 plays, and numerous articles in newspapers and journals. He was the author of ‘King Kong’, and over 160 films have been made of his novels, more than any other author. In the 1920s, one of Wallace’s publishers claimed that a quarter of all books read in England were written by him.
Now he lives on in a pub and a plaque. Oh, Ozymandias…there’s a lesson for us all here, I think.