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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Irving Wallace  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1916 in Chicago, Illinois

-- Irving Wallace on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

In addition to his birth in Chicago he 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.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Word: A Novel
ISBN: 0671211536

Simon & Schuster. 1972

In the Beginning, there was . . . The Word.

The classic thriller of an ancient manuscript, a secret society committed to hiding an explosive truth, and the man who must uncover that truth--if he can stay alive long enough

In the ruins of the ancient Roman seaport of Ostia Antica, an Italian archaeologist has discovered a first century papyrus, its faded text revealing a new gospel written by James, younger brother of Jesus. This discovery will show the world a new Jesus Christ, fill in the missing years of his ministry, contradict the existing accounts of his life--and potentially destroy the foundation of 2,000 years of Western civilization.

First published in 1972, The Word remains a classic of brilliant storytelling, authentic detail and breathtaking narrative power.

The Fan Club
ISBN: 3570026299

Simon & Schuster. 1970

Did you really mean it what you were saying about doing anthing in the world even rishking your lives just to make love to Sharon Fields for one night? Malone asked the other 3 guys at the bar. The Fan Club not only can seize Sharon Fields, but can persuade her to cooperate willingly in their dreams of sex

but it is Shively whose tough fisted approach carries through their daring plan and who transforms what has been merely a collective orgiastic fantasy into a horrifying and sadistic reality of bondage, savagery and murder.



The Almighty

Dell. 1984

The Miracle: A Novel
ISBN: B0006EF66S

E.P. Dutton. 1984

Thousands of desperate people are drawn to Lourdes and its renowned Grotto when the Vatican announces that the Virgin Mary will perform another miracle cure there. Their lives are at stake…but will a miracle really occur?

Irving Wallace, author of The Word, The Man, and The Prize, focuses on an eclectic group of pilgrims at the site of the Virgin Mary's legendary appearance: Ken Clayton, a young American who gives up medicine in hope of a spiritual cure

his fiancée, Amanda, a psychologist

a powerful Russian official who must keep his dangerous visit a secret

Hurtado, a Basque terrorist to whom the Grotto symbolizes repression

Liz Finch, a cynical journalist

Kleinberg, a Jewish doctor

Edith Moore, an English woman who is thrust into the limelight because of her own recovery

and Gisele, whose ambition is not to reach Lourdes but to escape it.

This is a novel of mystery, faith, blackmail, love, and violence, encasing the fascinating story of Bernadette, the young French peasant girl who first saw Mary at the Grotto in 1858. The subject is thought provoking. The climax is surprising.

The Seventh Secret (Signet)
ISBN: 0451145577

Signet. 1986

When evidence emerges that Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun may not have committed suicide, and Dr. Harrison Ashcroft, an Oxford historian writing the definitive Hitler biography, is killed in an accident, a diverse group of people searches for the secret of the Fuhrerbunker

The Celestial Bed
ISBN: 0440111447

Dell Publishing. 1988

Dr. Arnold Freeberg, a pioneering sex therapist, decides to step outside the law and use the most effective tool of all in combating sexual dysfunctions--sex surrogates--and establishes a clinic in southern California