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Baroness Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel; a publishing history.


Baroness Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel; a publishing history.

Dugan, Sally.

Ashgate Publishing Co.


296 pages



Ashgate studies in publishing history


Dugan (English, Oxford Brookes U.) traces the emergence of Emmuska Orczy's (1865-1947) play (1903) and novel (1905) The Scarlet Pimpernel from two of her short stories featuring plots against the Russian Tsar. The metamorphosis of her hero from a Polish anarchist plotter to counter-revolutionary English nobleman suggest a myth that transcends politics, she says, and indicates that a dialogue on questions of nationality forms an integral part of Orczy's work. She charts that dialogue from the its first appearance through novels and short stories published up until 1940; through film, a musical, even children's ballet to its reinvention in popular culture.

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Date:Feb 1, 2013
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