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Baroness Emmuska Orczy

The Hungarian-born British novelist Baroness Emmuska Orczy is chiefly remembered as the author of The Scarlet Pimpernel, one of the greatest popular novels of the early 20th century. Orczy's first novel, The Emperor's Candlesticks, was rejected for being too short, so she went back to smaller scale work like magazine stories to gain the experience and confidence to return to novels. In 1902, she published The Emperor's Candlesticks in longer form.

Soon after, she wrote The Scarlet Pimpernel, which was also rejected. Orczy recast the tale in play form; it was a smash hit, allowing for the novel's successful publication in 1905. Orczy would go on to produce more than twenty Pimpernel sequels over the next thirty-five years, which came to define her legacy. But Orczy wrote a number of other stories, mostly involving espionage, police work, and upper-class heroes -- all recurrent themes in her work.
The Scarlet Pimpernel
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Action, mystery, love, this is a classic with it all. Set during the French Revolution, The Scarlet Pimpernel is fantastically plotted, with a full-steam-ahead plot that drags its readers from the centre of London society to a dark night on the coast of France. The book barely lets us pause for breath.
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