An African Millionaire

An African Millionaire is a 1904 play by the British writer Edgar Wallace, then a journalist working for the Daily Mail.

An African Millionaire
Written byEdgar Wallace
Date premiered1904
Original languageEnglish

It was his first play, and proved to be a major flop, running for only six performances in a Cape Town theatre, before being withdrawn after a very poor reception from critics.[1] Wallace had previously spent several years in South Africa working as a journalist, and modelled the story on the life of Cecil Rhodes. His expectations that the play would be a hit and then transfer to London and other cities of the Empire provided unfounded.[1]

Wallace's popular thriller novel The Four Just Men was published the following year launching his career as a fiction author.


  1. Clark p. 93


  • Clark, Neil. Stranger than Fiction: The Life of Edgar Wallace, the Man Who Created King Kong. Stroud, UK: The History Press, 2015.
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