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Baroness Emma "Emmuska" Orczy, Author of The Scarlett Pimpernel

Hungarian-British novelist, best remembered as the author of The Scarlet Pimpernel Baroness Orczy's sequels to the novel were less successful. A hero with a double identity, the Scarlet Pimpernel can be regarded as one of the forefathers of Zorro and The Shadow, and superheroes such as Superman, Batman, and the Incredible Hulk. Besides being a prolific writer, Orczy was an artist, whose works were exhibited at the Royal Academy, London. Orczy's first venture into fiction was with crime stories.
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The Scarlet Pimpernel

Baroness Orczy

Some or all works by this author are in the public domain in the United States because they were published before January 1, The author died in , so works by this author are also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. Works by this author may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works. British novelist, playwright, and artist of Hungarian origin; most known for her series of novels featuring the Scarlet Pimpernel. Her Lady Molly of Scotland Yard was an early example of a female detective as the main character. Other popular detective stories featured The Old Man In the Corner , a sleuth who chiefly used logic to solve crimes. Pen names: Baroness Orczy.

About the author

Born into a rich, affluent life, she used her love of romance, mystery, disguise and especially heroism to create The Scarlet Pimpernel. She took her subjects from history because modern life and modern ideas bored her. She hated modern art with its "naked ladies with green thighs and faces like acidulated pumpkins. She believed in heroes. Born in in Tarnaors, Hungary, she spent her first years in a time of "splendid feudal lords ensconced in their opulent chateaux, medieval still in their magnificence. From the start, she was a romantic. When she and her sister played, Emmuska would always be the dashing prince come to save the damsel in distress.

Baroness Orczy was born in Hungary in , the daughter of Baron Felix Orczy, a landed aristocrat and well-known composer and conductor. Orczy moved with her parents from Budapest to Brussels and Paris, where she was educated. She studied art in London and exhibited work in the Royal Academy. She married Montagu Barstow and together they worked as illustrators and jointly published an edition of Hungarian folk tales. Orczy became famous in with the publication of The Scarlet Pimpernel originally a play co-written with her husband. Its background was the French Revolution and its swashbuckling hero, Sir Percy Blakeney, was to prove immensely popular.

Both of her parents were of aristocratic ancestry. Her father Felix was a Baron and a composer and her mother, also named Emma, was a Countess and daughter of a member of the Hungarian parliament. When revolution threatened Hungary in , her parents were forced to flee their homeland and lived at various times in Budapest, Paris, and Brussels until when the family settled in London. There, Emma studied both art and music. Some of her art works were exhibited at the Royal Academy.


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