Delos W. Lovelace

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Delos Wheeler Lovelace (December 2, 1894 – January 17, 1967)[1] was an American novelist who authored the original novelization of the film King Kong (1933) published in 1932 by Grosset & Dunlap, slightly before the film was released. The story was also serialized in 2 parts in February and March 1933 by Walter Ripperger (credited to Edgar Wallace) for Mystery magazine.[2] Lovelace was a reporter for the New York Daily News and New York Sun in the 1920s.

He authored some two dozen books, including a biography of football coach Knute Rockne and one of Dwight D. Eisenhower. He co-authored three books with his wife.

Personal life[edit]

He was the husband of Maud Hart Lovelace, author of the Betsy-Tacy books for young readers; they had one daughter, Merian (January 18, 1931 — September 25, 1997).


  • Rear Admiral Byrd and the Polar Expedition (1930; published under the pen-name Coram Foster)
  • Rockne of Notre Dame (1931; biography of Knute Rockne)
  • King Kong (1933; novelization of the 1933 film King Kong)
  • One Stayed at Welcome (1934; co-authored with wife Maud Hart Lovelace)
  • Gentlemen from England (1937; co-authored with wife Maud Hart Lovelace)
  • The golden wedge: Indian legends of South America (1942; co-authored with wife Maud Hart Lovelace)
  • General "Ike" Eisenhower (1944; biography of Dwight D. Eisenhower)
  • Journey to Bethlehem (1953)
  • That Dodger Horse (1956; sometimes "The Dodger Horse")

Short Stories:[3][4]


  1. ^ California, Death Index, 1940-1997. State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics.
  2. ^ Cynthia Marie Erb, Tracking King Kong: A Hollywood Icon in World Culture, page 39 (2nd edition, Wayne State University Press, 2009). ISBN 978-0-8143-3430-0
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External links[edit]

Delos W. Lovelace at Find a Grave