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Aurelius, Marcus

Marcus Aurelius (121 AD) is one of the great figures of antiquity who still speaks to us today, more than two thousand years after his death. His Meditations has been compared by John Stuart Mill to the Sermon on the Mount. A guide to how we should live, it remains one of the most widely read books from the classical world.

But Marcus Aurelius was much more than a philosopher. As emperor he stabilized the empire, issued numerous reform edicts, and defended the borders with success. His life itself represented the fulfillment of Plato’s famous dictum that mankind will prosper only when philosophers are rulers and rulers philosophers.

Special note of interest: Richard Harris played Caeser Marcus Aurelius in the hit film Gladiator, along with Russell Crowe.

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The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius Antonius : While on campaign between 170 and 180, Aurelius wrote his Meditations in Greek as a source for his own guidance and self-improvement. He had been a priest at the sacrificial altars of Roman service and was an eager patriot. He had a logical mind and his notes were representative of Stoic philosophy and spirituality. Meditations is still revered as a literary monument to a government of service and duty. The book has been a favourite of Frederick the Great, John Stuart Mill, Matthew Arnold, Goethe and Wen Jiabao.

Meditations (Optimized for Kindle)

 

 

Bacon, Sir Francis

Sir Francis Bacon, an English philosopher, statesman, and essayist. Bacon is also known as a proponent of the scientific revolution. According to John Aubrey, his dedication may have brought him into a rare historical group of scientists who were killed by their own experiments. His works established and popularized an inductive methodology for scientific inquiry, often called the Baconian method or simply, the scientific method. His demand for a planned procedure of investigating all things natural marked a new turn in the rhetorical and theoretical framework for science, much of which still informs conceptions of proper methodology today. Bacon was knighted in 1603, created Baron Verulam in 1618, and created Viscount St Alban in 1621; without heirs, both peerages became extinct upon his death. He has also been credited as the creator of the English essay.

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Many of Bacon's writings were only published after his death in 1626.

  • Essays (1597)
  • The Elements of the Common Law of England (1597)
  • A Declaration of the Practises & Treasons Attempted and Committed by Robert, late Earl of Essex and his Complices (1601)
  • Temporis Partus Masculus (The Masculine Birth of Time; 1603, unfinished)
  • De Interpretatione Naturae Prooemium (1603, unfinished)
  • Valerius Terminus of the Interpretation of Nature, with Annotations of Hermes Stella (1603, unfinished—published 1734)
  • Cogitationes de Natura Rerum (Thoughts on the Nature of Things; 1604, unfinished)
  • Cogitationes de Scientia Humana (Thoughts on Human Knowledge; 1604, unfinished)
  • Francis Bacon His Apology, in Certain Imputations Concerning the late Earl of Essex (1604)
  • Certain Considerations Touching the Better Pacification and Edification of the Church of England (1604)
  • The Proficience and Advancement of Learning (1605)
  • Cogitata et Visa (Thoughts and Conclusions; 1607)
  • Redargutio Philosphiarum (The Refutation of Philosophies; 1608, published posthumously)
  • Inquisitio Legitima de Motu (1608?, published 1653)
  • De sapientia veterum liber (1609)
  • Descriptio Globi Intellectus (1612)
  • Thema Coeli (1612, published 1653)
  • The Charge of Sir Francis Bacon, Knight, the King's Attorney-General, Touching Duels (1614)
  • The Wisdom of the Ancients (1619)
  • De Principiis atque Originibus (1620, published 1653)
  • Novum Organum (1620)
  • The History of the Reign of King Henry the Seventh (1622)
  • Historia Naturalis et Experimentalis (1623)[27]
  • Apophthegms, New and Old (1625)
  • The Translation of Certain Psalms (1625)
  • New Atlantis (1626)*
  • De Augmentis Scientiarium (1623)
  • Sylva Sylvarum (1623, published 1627)
  • Scripta in naturali et universli philisophia (pub. 1653)
  • Baconiana, Or Certain Genuine Remains Of Sr. Francis Bacon (pub. 1679)

* The New Atlantis : New Atlantis is a utopian novel by Sir Francis Bacon, published in Latin (as Nova Atlantis) in 1624 and in English in 1627. In this work, Bacon portrayed a vision of the future of human discovery and knowledge, expressing his aspirations and ideals for humankind. The novel depicts the creation of a utopian land where "generosity and enlightenment, dignity and splendour, piety and public spirit" are the commonly held qualities of the inhabitants of "Bensalem". The plan and organization of his ideal college, "Salomon's House" (or Solomon's House) envisioned the modern research university in both applied and pure sciences.

Sir Francis Bacon: A Biography

 

 

Bedford-Jones, Henry 

Known as The King of Pulp Fiction, Henry James O'Brien Bedford-Jones (1887 - 1949) was a Canadian historical adventure fantasy and Science fiction writer who became a naturalized United States citizen in 1908. He wrote over 100 novels. His works appeared in a number of pulp magazines including The Magic Carpet, Golden Fleece, All-Story Weekly, Argosy, Blue Book and Weird Tales.

WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR:

  • Blood Royal (1914)
  • The Seal of John Solomon (1915)
  • Gentleman of Solomon (1915)
  • Solomon's Carpet (1915)
  • Solomon's Quest (1915)
  • John Solomon (1916)
  • John Solomon, Retired (1917)
  • Irregular Brethren (1919) 
  • John Solomon, Supercargo (1924)
  • The Seal of Solomon (1924)
  • Splendour of the Gods (1924)
  • The Star Woman (1924)
  • John Solomon, Incognito (1925)
  • The Shawl of Solomon (1925)
  • Solomon's Carpet (1926)
  • Solomon's Quest (1926)
  • Clancy, Detective (1926)
  • The Wizard of Atlas (1928)
  • D'Artagnan (1928) Sequel to The Three Musketeers
  • Saint Michael's Gold
  • The King's Passport (1928)
  • Cyrano
  • The Blue Beetle (1932)
  • Three Smart Silks
  • The Thrust of a Finger (1932)
  • The Temple of the Ten (with W. C. Robertson, 1973)

    Pulp Classics: Blood Royal

     

     

     

    Bergerac, Cyrano de

    Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac (6 March 1619 – 28 July 1655) was a French dramatist and duellist who is now best remembered for the many works of fiction which have been woven around his life story. In these fictional works he is featured with an overly large nose; portraits suggest that he did have a big nose, though not nearly as large as described in Edmond Rostand's play and the subsequent works about him. A statue of him stands in the town of Bergerac, Dordogne.

    WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR:

    Voyage to the Moon

    A Comedy in Five Acts

     

     

     

     

    Bligh, William

     

    Vice Admiral William Bligh FRS RN (9 September 1754 – 7 December 1817) was an officer of the British Royal Navy and a colonial administrator. A notorious mutiny occurred during his command of HMS Bounty in 1789; Bligh and his loyal men made a remarkable voyage to Timor, after being set adrift by the mutineers in the Bounty's launch. Fifteen years after the Bounty mutiny, he was appointed Governor of New South Wales in Australia, with orders to clean up the corrupt rum trade of the New South Wales Corps, resulting in the so-called Rum Rebellion.

     

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    Mutiny on the H.M.S. Bounty

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Cervantes, Miguel De

     

    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, 29 September 1547 – 23 April 1616) was a Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright. His magnum opus Don Quixote, often considered the first modern novel, is a classic of Western literature, and is regularly regarded among the best novels ever written. His work is considered among the most important in all of literature. His influence on the Spanish language has been so great that Spanish is often called la lengua de Cervantes, Spanish for the language of Cervantes. He has been dubbed El Príncipe de los Ingenios – The Prince of Wits.

     

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    Cervantes's novels, listed chronologically, are as follows:

    • La Galatea (1585): a pastoral romance in prose and verse, based upon the genre introduced into Spain by Jorge de Montemayor's Diana (1559). Its theme is the fortunes and misfortunes in love of a number of shepherds and shepherdesses, who spend their life singing and playing musical instruments.
    • Don Quixote  - El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (1605): First volume of Don Quixote.*
    • Novelas Ejemplares (1613): a collection of twelve short stories of varied types about the social, political, and historical problems of Cervantes' Spain:
      • La Gitanilla (The Gypsy Girl)
      • El Amante Liberal (The Generous Lover)
      • Rinconete y Cortadillo (Rinconete & Cortadillo)
      • La Española Inglesa (The English Spanish Lady)
      • El Licenciado Vidriera (The Lawyer of Glass)
      • La Fuerza de la Sangre (The Power of Blood)
      • El Celoso Extremeño (The Jealous Man From Extremadura)
      • La Ilustre Fregona (The Illustrious Kitchen-Maid)
      • Novela de las Dos Doncellas (The Novel of the Two Damsels)
      • Novela de la Señora Cornelia (The Novel of Lady Cornelia)
      • Novela del Casamiento Engañoso (The Novel of the Deceitful Marriage)
      • El Coloquio de los Perros (The Dialogue of the Dogs)
    • Segunda Parte del Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (1615): Second volume of Don Quixote.*
    • Los Trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda (1617). Los Trabajos is the best evidence not only of the survival of Byzantine novel themes but also of the survival of forms and ideas of the Spanish novel of the second Renaissance. In this work, published after the author's death, Cervantes relates the ideal love and unbelievable vicissitudes of a couple, who, starting from the Arctic regions, arrive in Rome, where they find a happy ending to their complicated adventures.

    * Don Quixote  : Don Quixote (spelled "Quijote" in modern Spanish) is two separate books that cover the adventures of Don Quixote, also known as the knight or man of La Mancha, a hero who carries his enthusiasm and self-deception to unintentional and comic ends. On one level, Don Quixote works as a satire of the romances of chivalry, which ruled the literary environment of Cervantes' time. However, the novel also allows Cervantes to illuminate various aspects of human nature, by using the ridiculous example of the delusional Quixote. Because the novel, particularly the first part, was written in individually published sections, the composition includes several incongruities. Cervantes himself however pointed out some of these errors in the preface to the second part; but he disdained to correct them, because he conceived that they had been too severely condemned by his critics. Cervantes felt a passion for the vivid painting of character. Don Quixote is noble-minded, an enthusiastic admirer of everything good and great, yet having all these fine qualities accidentally blended with a relative kind of madness. He is paired with a character of opposite qualities, Sancho Panza, a man of low self-esteem, who is a compound of grossness and simplicity.

     

     

     

     

     

    Chaucer, Geoffrey

     

    Geoffrey Chaucer; c. 1343 – 25 October 1400) was an English author, poet, philosopher, bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat. Although he wrote many works, he is best remembered for his unfinished frame narrative The Canterbury Tales. Sometimes called the father of English literature, Chaucer is credited by some scholars as the first author to demonstrate the artistic legitimacy of the vernacular English language, rather than French or Latin.

     

    WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR:

    • Translation of Roman de la Rose, possibly extant as The Romaunt of the Rose
    • The Book of the Duchess
    • The House of Fame
    • Anelida and Arcite
    • Parlement of Foules
    • Translation of Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy as Boece
    • Troilus and Criseyde
    • The Legend of Good Women
    • Canterbury Tales*
    • Treatise on the Astrolabe

    Short poems

    • An ABC
    • Chaucers Wordes unto Adam, His Owne Scriveyn
    • The Complaint unto Pity
    • The Complaint of Chaucer to his Purse
    • The Complaint of Mars
    • The Complaint of Venus
    • A Complaint to His Lady
    • The Former Age
    • Fortune
    • Gentilesse
    • Lak of Stedfastnesse
    • Lenvoy de Chaucer a Scogan
    • Lenvoy de Chaucer a Bukton
    • Proverbs
    • To Rosemounde
    • Truth
    • Womanly Noblesse

    * Canterbury Tales: is a collection of stories written in Middle-English by Geoffrey Chaucer at the end of the 14th century. The tales are told as part of a story-telling contest by a group of pilgrims as they travel together on a journey from Southwark to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. In a long list of works, including "Troilus and Criseyde", "House of Fame", "Parliament of Fowls", the Canterbury Tales is Chaucer's magnum opus, and a towering achievement of Western culture. He uses the tales and the descriptions of the characters to paint an ironic and critical portrait of English society at the time, and particularly of the Church. Structurally, the poem bears the influence of The Decameron, which Chaucer is said to have come across during his first diplomatic mission to Italy in 1372. However, Chaucer peoples his tales with 'sondry folk' rather than Boccaccio's fleeing nobles.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Clemens, Samuel L. (Mark Twain)

    Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), well known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. Twain is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), which has been called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). He is extensively quoted. Twain was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.

    Twain was very popular, and his keen wit and incisive satire earned praise from critics and peers. Upon his death he was lauded as the "greatest American humorist of his age", and William Faulkner called Twain "the father of American literature."

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  • (1880) 1601: Conversation, as it was by the Social Fireside, in the Time of the Tudors (fiction)
  • (1882) The Prince and the Pauper (fiction)
  • (1889) A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court [Connecticut Yankee King Arthur] (fiction)
  • (1892) Merry Tales (fiction)
  • Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc 
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    Mark Twain: The Adventures of Samuel L. Clemens

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Costain, Thomas B.

     

    Thomas Bertram Costain (May 8, 1885 - October 8, 1965) was a Canadian journalist who became a best-selling author of historical novels at the age of 57.

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    NOVELS:

    • For My Great Folly (1942)
    • Joshua: Leader of a United People - A Realistic Biography (1943) - with Rogers MacVeagh
    • Ride With Me (1944)
    • The Black Rose (1945) *
    • The Moneyman (1947)
    • High Towers (1949)
    • Son of a Hundred Kings (1950)
    • The Silver Chalice (1952) * 
    • The Tontine (1955)
    • Below the Salt (1957)
    • The Darkness And The Dawn (1959) (on Attila the Hun)
    • The Last Love (1963)

    Non-fiction

    • The White and the Gold (1954)
    • The Chord of Steel: The Story of the Invention of the Telephone (1960)
    • William the Conqueror a Landmark book (1959)
    • The Plantagenets series (also known as The Pageant of England)
      • The Conquering Family (1949)
      • The Magnificent Century (1951)
      • The Three Edwards (1958)
      • The Last Plantagenets (1962)

     

  • The Silver Chalice is a 1954 historical epic film from Warner Bros., based on Thomas B. Costain's 1952 novel of the same name. It marked the film début of Paul Newman as an artist named Basil (né Ambrose), who was given the task of making a silver chalice to house the Holy Grail. It also featured Virginia Mayo as Helena, Pier Angeli as Deborra, Jack Palance as Simon Magus, the villain, Joseph Wiseman as Mijamin, Alexander Scourby as Saint Luke, Walter Hampden as Joseph of Arimathea, Lorne Greene as Peter, and an appearance by Natalie Wood, who plays Helena as a child. Victor Saville was the director. A Greek artisan is commissioned to cast the cup of Christ in silver and sculpt around its rim the faces of the disciples and Jesus himself. He travels to Jerusalem and eventually to Rome to complete the task. Meanwhile, a nefarious interloper is trying to convince the crowds that he is the new Messiah by using nothing more than cheap parlor tricks.

     

     

     

  • Black Rose: is a 1950 20th Century-Fox film starring Tyrone Power and Orson Welles, loosely based on Thomas B. Costain's book. It was filmed partly on location in England and Morocco which substitutes for the Gobi Desert of China. The film was partly conceived as a follow-up to the movie Prince of Foxes, and reunited the earlier film's two stars. Talbot Jennings' screenplay was based on a popular novel of the same name by Canadian author Thomas B. Costain, published in 1945.

    The story concerns 13th-century Saxon nobleman Walter of Gurnie (Tyrone Power), who, after sparking an unsuccessful rebellion against the Norman conquerors of his homeland, sets out to seek his fortune in the Far East. In the company of his friend Tristam (Jack Hawkins), Walter makes the acquaintance of megalomaniac Mongol warlord Bayan (Orson Welles). The "Black Rose" of the title is the beauteous Maryam (Cécile Aubry), with whom Walter fell in love while both were prisoners of Bayan.

    Journeying farther east, Walter and Tristam arrive in China, where they are treated with deference - so long as they never try to leave. Eventually escaping his Chinese hosts, Walter returns to his native country.

    Previously denounced by King Edward (Michael Rennie) because of his role in the a Saxon rebellion, Walter is welcomed back with open arms because of all the cultural and scientific wonders (including gunpowder) he has brought back from China.

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    Courtilz Sandras, Gatien

    Gatien de Courtilz de Sandras (1644 – 8 May 1712) was a French novelist, journalist, pamphleteer and memorialist. De Sandras was born at Montargis, Loiret.

    His abundant output includes short stories, gallant letters, tales of historical love affairs (Les Intrigues amoureuses de la Cour de France, 1684), historical and political works, biographies and semi-fictional "memoirs" (in the first person; his prefaces often indicate that the works were composed from papers found after the subject's death) of historical figures from the recent past (such as the Marquis de Montbrun and M. de Rochefort). His memoir-novels (Mémoires de M.L.C.D.R., 1687; Mémoires de M. d'Artagnan, 1700; Mémoires de M. de B.; 1711) describe the social and political world of Richelieu and Mazarin with a picaresque realism (spies, kidnappings, and political machinations predominate) and they were important precursors to both French picaresque novels and literary realism in the 18th century.

    Courtilz de Sandras is best known today for his semi-fictionalized memoirs of the famous musketeer d'Artagnan which were published in 1700 (27 years after the death of d'Artagnan) and which served as the model for Alexandre Dumas, père's portrayal of d'Artagnan in the The Three Musketeers (Fr: Les trois mousquetaires), Twenty Years After (Fr: Vingt ans après) and The Vicomte de Bragelonne (Fr: Le Vicomte de Bragelonne ou Dix ans plus tard).

    Courtilz de Sandras served in the army before becoming a writer. He was imprisoned several times in the Bastille where Besmaux, the former companion of d’Artagnan, was warden and it was most likely from this source that he learned the details of d'Artagnan's life.

     

    WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR:

    Memoirs of Monsieur d'Artagnan

    Memoirs of the Count de Rochefort

    Memoirs of Monsieur D'artagnan, Now for the First Time Translated Into English, Volume 1

     

     

    Defoe, Daniel 
    He started it all! It is his works that helped inspire the greats! He is credited with having the first novel formats, and, in my opinion, he also had the first "official" Swashbuckling books! He got down to the dirt of the local gossip of his day, and actually interviewed people who lived the strange situations he wrote about. Robinson Crusoe was a real man, though his name was different, and when he returned from his adventures abroad, DeFoe went to him to get inspiration for his story. He even went amongt Pirates of his day to get great stories!

    Daniel Defoe (c. 1659 – 24 April 1731), born Daniel Foe, was an English writer, journalist, and pamphleteer, who gained enduring fame for his novel Robinson Crusoe. Defoe is notable for being one of the earliest proponents of the novel, as he helped to popularise the form in Britain, and is even referred to by some as among the founders of the English novel. A prolific and versatile writer, he wrote more than 500 books, pamphlets, and journals on various topics (including politics, crime, religion, marriage, psychology and the supernatural). He was also a pioneer of economic journalism.

    WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR:

    Fiction
    • The Consolidator or, Memoirs of Sundry Transactions from the World in the Moon (1705)
    • Atlantis Major (1711)
    • Robinson Crusoe (1719)
    • The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1719)
    • Captain Singleton (1720)
    • Memoirs of a Cavalier (1720)
    • A Journal of the Plague Year (1722)
    • Moll Flanders (1722)
    • Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress (1724)
    • The Family Instructor
    • The Pirate Gow
    • The Storm
    • The King of Pirates
    • Colonel Jack
    • Rob Roy: The Highland Rouge
    • General History Pirates

    Essays

    • Conjugal Lewdness
    • Serious Reflections of Robinson Crusoe (1720)
    • The Complete English Tradesman
    • An Essay Upon Projects – first book he published.
    • An Essay Upon Literature – 1726
    • Mere Nature Delineated – 1726
    • A Plan of English Commerce - 1728
    Poems
    • The True-Born Englishman: A Satyr

    Robinson Crusoe : is a novel by Daniel Defoe. First published in 1719, it is sometimes considered to be the first novel in English. The book is a fictional autobiography of the title character—a castaway who spends 28 years on a remote tropical island near Venezuela, encountering Native Americans, captives, and mutineers before being rescued. The story was likely influenced by the real-life Alexander Selkirk**, a Scottish castaway who lived four years on the Pacific island called "Más a Tierra" (in 1966 its name was changed to Robinson Crusoe Island), Chile. However, the details of Crusoe's island were probably based on the Caribbean island of Tobago, since that island lies a short distance north of the Venezuelan coast near the mouth of the Orinoco river, and in sight of the island of Trinidad. It is also likely that Defoe was inspired by the Latin or English translations of Ibn Tufail's Hayy ibn Yaqdhan, an earlier novel also set on a desert island. Another source for Defoe's novel may have been Robert Knox's account of his abduction by the King of Ceylon in 1659 in "An Historical Account of the Island Ceylon," Glasgow: James MacLehose and Sons (Publishers to the University), 1911.

    Memoirs of a Cavalier : (1720) is a work of historical fiction by Daniel Defoe, set during the Thirty Years' War and the English Civil Wars. The full title, which bore no date, was:

    Memoirs of a Cavalier; or A Military Journal of the Wars in Germany, and the Wars in England. From the Years 1632 to 1648. Written threescore years ago, by an English gentleman, who server first in the army of Gustavus Adolphus, the Glorious King of Sweden, till his death, and after that in the Royal Army of King Charles the First, from the beginning of the Rebellion to the end of the War.

    Daniel Defoe: Master of Fictions: His Life and Ideas

     

    ** Alexander Selkirk (1676 – 13 December 1721), born Alexander Selcraig, was a Scottish sailor who spent four years as a castaway when he was marooned on an uninhabited island. It is probable that his travels provided the inspiration for Daniel Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe. At an early period he was engaged in buccaneer expeditions to the South Seas and in 1703 joined in with the expedition of famed privateer and explorer William Dampier. While Dampier was captain of the St. George, Selkirk served on the galley Cinque Ports, the St. George's companion, as a sailing master serving under Thomas Stradling. In October 1704, after the ships had parted ways because of a dispute between Stradling and Dampier, the Cinque Ports was brought by Stradling to the uninhabited archipelago of Juan Fernández off the coast of Chile for a mid-expedition restocking of supplies and fresh water. Selkirk had grave concerns by this time about the seaworthiness of this vessel (indeed, the Cinque Ports later foundered, losing most of its hands). He tried to convince some of his crewmates to desert with him, remaining on the island; he was counting on an impending visit by another ship. No one else agreed to come along with him. Stradling, who was tired of Selkirk's troublemaking, declared that he would grant him his wish and leave him alone on Juan Fernández. Selkirk promptly regretted his decision. He chased and called after the boat, to no avail. Selkirk lived the next four years and four months without any human company. All he had brought with him was a musket, gunpowder, carpenter's tools, a knife, a Bible and some clothing.

    Statue of Alexander Selkirk in Lower Largo Alexander Selkirk

     

     

    Dickens, Charles 

    Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812–9 June 1870) was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era, and one of the most popular of all time, responsible for some of English literature's most iconic characters.

    WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR:

    Novels

    • The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club 
    • The Adventures of Oliver Twist
    • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby 
    • The Old Curiosity Shop
    • Barnaby Rudge:
    • The Christmas books:
      • A Christmas Carol (1843)
      • The Chimes (1844)
      • The Cricket on the Hearth (1845)
      • The Battle of Life (1846)
      • The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain (1848)
    • The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit 
    • Dombey and Son 
    • David Copperfield
    • Bleak House
    • Hard Times: For These Times 
    • Little Dorrit
    • A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
    • Great Expectations 
    • Our Mutual Friend
    • The Mystery of Edwin Drood

    A Tale of Two Cities : (1859) is a novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. With 200 million copies sold, it is the most printed original English book, and among the most famous works of fiction.

    It depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same time period. It follows the lives of several protagonists through these events, most notably Charles Darnay, a French once-aristocrat who falls victim to the indiscriminate wrath of the revolution despite his virtuous nature, and Sydney Carton, a dissipated British barrister who endeavours to redeem his ill-spent life out of love for Darnay's wife, Lucie Manette.

    Also, is a 1935 film based upon Charles Dickens' 1859 historical novel, A Tale of Two Cities. The film stars Ronald Colman as Sydney Carton, Donald Woods and Elizabeth Allan. The supporting players include Basil Rathbone, Blanche Yurka, and Edna Mae Oliver. It was directed by Jack Conway from a screenplay by W.P. Lipscomb and S.N. Behrman. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. The story is set in the French Revolution and deals with two men who are alike, not only in appearance, but in their love for the same woman.

    Works of Charles Dickens (200+ Works) The Adventures of Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, Bleak House, David Copperfield & more (mobi)

     

     

     

    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan

    Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a Scottish physician and writer, most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered a major innovation in the field of crime fiction, and for the adventures of Professor Challenger. He was a prolific writer whose other works include science fiction stories, historical novels, plays and romances, poetry, and non-fiction.

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    Historical novels

    • Micah Clarke (1888) is an historical adventure novel set during the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685 in England.
    • The White Company (1891) is a historical adventure by Arthur Conan Doyle set during the Hundred Years' War. The story is set in England, France, and Spain, in the years 1366 and 1367, against the background of the campaign of Edward, the Black Prince to restore Peter of Castile to the throne of the Kingdom of Castile.
    • The Great Shadow (1892)
    • The Refugees (publ. 1893, written 1892) revolves around Amory de Catinat, a Huguenot guardsman of Louis XIV, and Amos Green, an American who comes to visit France. Major themes include Louis XIV's marriage to Madame de Maintenon, retirement from court of Madame de Montespan, the revoking of the Edict of Nantes and the subsequent emigration of the Huguenot de Catinats to America.

    Refugee-1.jpg The Refugees, 1893

    • Rodney Stone (1896)
    • Uncle Bernac (1897)
    • Sir Nigel (1906) is a fore-runner to Doyle's earlier novel The White Company, and describes the early life of that book's hero Sir Nigel Loring in the service of King Edward III at the start of the Hundred Years' War.

      The tale, at its outset, traces the fortunes of the family of Loring of the Manor of Tilford, many of whose scions had been prominent in the service of the Norman and Angevin Kings of England, against the backdrop of the Black Death. The tale starts with the problems the family and its last scion, Nigel Loring, face at the hands of the monks of the Abbey of Waverley, up to the coming of Sir John Chandos.

      Playing the host to King Edward III of England, Nigel asks to be taken into his service, a request that is complied with by his being made squire to Sir John Chandos. In order to make himself worthy of the hand of the Lady Mary, daughter of Sir John Buttesthorn, he vows to perform three deeds of honour to her.

    A cover to the Conan Arthur Doyle novel Sir Nigel Sir Nigel, 1906

    Sherlock Holmes Mysteries (Remember, Sherlock is a fencer!)

     Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

     

     

     

    Douglas, Lloyd C.

    Lloyd Cassel Douglas (August 27, 1877 - February 13, 1951) was a noteworthy American minister and author. He was born in Columbia City, Indiana, spent part of his boyhood in Monroeville, Indiana, Wilmot, Indiana and Florence, Kentucky, where his father, Alexander Jackson Douglas, was pastor of the Hopeful Lutheran Church. He died in Los Angeles, California.

    Douglas was one of the most popular American authors of his time, although he didn't write his first novel until he was 50 yrs. of age.

    WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR:

  • The Robe

  • The Big Fisherman

    The Robe: The book explores the aftermath of the crucifixion of Jesus through the experiences of Marcellus Gallio, the Roman tribune who commanded the unit in charge of Jesus' crucifixion. Prince Gaius sends Marcellus to take command of the Roman garrison at Minoa, a port city in southern Palestine. Marcellus is accompanied by his slave Demetrius.

    Marcellus and some other soldiers throw dice to see who will take Jesus' Robe. Marcellus wins and asks Demetrius to take care of the Robe.

    Following the crucifixion, Marcellus takes part in a banquet attended by Pontius Pilate. During the banquet, a drunken centurion insists that Marcellus wear Jesus' Robe.

    Marcellus goes on a journey, following the path Jesus took and meets many people whose lives Jesus had affected. Through this journey, both the tribune and the reader are challenged to explore their faith and question various norms they have embraced all their life.

    The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas

    The Robe [Movie]: is a 1953 American Biblical epic film that tells the story of a Roman military tribune who commands the unit that crucifies Jesus. The film was made by 20th Century Fox and is notable for being the first film released in the widescreen process CinemaScope.

    It was directed by Henry Koster and produced by Frank Ross. The screenplay was adapted by Gina Kaus, Albert Maltz, and Philip Dunne from the Lloyd C. Douglas novel. The music score was composed by Alfred Newman and the cinematography was by Leon Shamroy.

    It stars Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature and Michael Rennie, with Dean Jagger, Jay Robinson, Richard Boone, and Jeff Morrow.

    The Robe had one sequel, Demetrius and the Gladiators.

    Demetrius & Gladiators is a 1954 sword and sandal drama film and a sequel to The Robe. It was made by 20th Century Fox, directed by Delmer Daves and produced by Frank Ross. The screenplay was by Philip Dunne based on characters created by Lloyd C. Douglas in The Robe .

    It starred Victor Mature as Demetrius, a Christian slave made to fight in the Roman arena as a gladiator, and Susan Hayward as Messalina. The cast also included Ernest Borgnine, William Marshall, Michael Rennie, the brilliantly campy Jay Robinson as depraved emperor Caligula, Debra Paget, a young Anne Bancroft in one of her earlier roles and Julie Newmar as a briefly seen dancing entertainer. The film is in color and in Cinemascope, with an English language stereo sound track, and runs for 101 minutes.

    The Big Fisherman is a 1959 American film directed by Frank Borzage about the later life of Peter, one of the closest disciples of Jesus.

    The film is adapted from a novel written by Lloyd C. Douglas. The novel is closely related to Douglas' previous book, The Robe, which was also adapted as a movie.

    The Robe ends with "the Big Fisherman" as a nickname for Peter; Jesus called him "the fisher of men" and "the Rock". The story traces Peter's journey from self-sufficient fisherman to his dependency on a risen Christ. It also presents another story or redemption and forgiveness, as he takes in a young runaway Arab girl, Fara. She has come to take vengeance on her father, Herod Antipas, for his treatment of her mother. She is followed by Voldi, an Arab prince who wishes to marry her and take her back home. As they both learn of Jesus, it changes their lives.

     

     

     

     

    Dumas, Sr., Alexandre
    This is perhaps the greatest of all Swashbuckling authors. Born in France, Dumas, with his stories, would become the most famous man in France in his time, being more popular than even the King! His greatest times, however, is when he teamed with a gifted writer named Maquet, and together Dumas would produce his most talented works, including: The d'Artagnan romances and the Count of Monte Cristo. I have also dedicated an entire page to Dumas, and you can access his page
    HERE!

    WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR:

    • Charles VII at the Homes of His Great Vassals (Charles VII chez ses grands vassaux, 1831) - drama, adapted for the opera The Saracen by Russian composer César Cui
    • Othon l’archer
    • The Fencing Master (Le Maître d'armes, 1840)
    • Castle Eppstein; The Specter Mother (Chateau d'Eppstein; Albine, 1843)
    • Georges (1843): The protagonist of this novel is a man of mixed race, a rare allusion to Dumas' own African ancestry.
    • The Nutcracker (Histoire d'un casse-noisette, 1844): a revision of Hoffmann's story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, later adapted by Tchaikovsky as a ballet
    • The D'Artagnan Romances (The Feats and Fortunes of a Gascon Adventurer):
      • The Three Musketeers (Les Trois Mousquetaires, 1844)
      • Twenty Years After (Vingt ans après, 1845)
      • The Vicomte de Bragelonne, sometimes called "Ten Years Later", (Le Vicomte de Bragelonne, ou Dix ans plus tard, 1847): When published in English, it was usually split into three parts: The Vicomte de Bragelonne, Louise de la Valliere, and The Man in the Iron Mask, of which the last part is the best known. (A third sequel, The Son of Porthos, 1883 (a.k.a. The Death of Aramis) was published under the name of Alexandre Dumas; however, the real author was Paul Mahalin.)
    • Count of Monte Cristo (Le Comte de Monte-Cristo, 1845–1846)
    • The Regent's Daughter (Une Fille du régent, 1845)
    • The Two Dianas (Les Deux Diane, 1846)
    • the Valois romances
      • Queen Margot (La Reine Margot) (1845)
      • La Dame de Monsoreau (1846) (a.k.a. Chicot the Jester)
      • The Forty-Five Guardsmen (1847) (Les Quarante-cinq)
    • the Marie Antoinette romances:
      • Joseph Balsamo (Mémoires d'un médecin: Joseph Balsamo, 1846–1848) (a.k.a. Memoirs of a Physician, Cagliostro, Madame Dubarry, The Countess Dubarry, or The Elixir of Life)(Joseph Balsamo has a length of about 1000 pages, and is usually separated into 2 volumes in English translations: Vol 1. Joseph Balsamo and Vol 2. Memoirs of a Physician.)
      • The Queen's Necklace (Le Collier de la Reine, 1849–1850)
      • Ange Pitou (1853) (a.k.a. Storming the Bastille or Six Years Later)
      • The Countess de Charny (La Comtesse de Charny, 1853–1855) (a.k.a. Andrée de Taverney, or The Mesmerist's Victim)
      • Le Chevalier de Maison-Rouge (1845) (a.k.a. The Knight of the Red House, or The Knight of Maison-Rouge)
    • The Black Tulip (La Tulipe noire, 1850)
    • The Page of the Duke of Savoy (Catherine Blum, 1853-4)
    • The Wolf-Leader (Le Meneur de loups, 1857)
    • The Gold Thieves (after 1857): a play that was lost but rediscovered by the Canadian Reginald Hamel, researcher in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in 2004
    • The Companions of Jehu (Les Compagnons de Jehu, 1857)
    • Robin Hood (Robin Hood le proscrit, 1863)
    • The Whites and the Blues (Les Blancs et les Bleus, 1867)
    • The Last Cavalier (Le Chevalier de Sainte-Hermine, 1869): This nearly completed novel was his last major work and was lost until its rediscovery by Claude Schopp in 1988 and subsequent release in 2005.

    Three Musketeers [Book]: (French: Les Trois Mousquetaires) is a novel by Alexandre Dumas, père, first serialized in March–July 1844. Set in the 17th century, it recounts the adventures of a young man named d'Artagnan after he leaves home to become a guard of the musketeers. D'Artagnan is not one of the musketeers of the title; those are his friends Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, inseparable friends who live by the motto "all for one, one for all" ("tous pour un, un pour tous").

    Films of the 3 Musketeers:

    • The Three Musketeers, a 1903 French production about which virtually nothing else is known
    • The Three Musketeers: Part 1 and ...Part 2, 1911 silent film shorts from Edison Studios starring Sydney Booth
    • The Three Musketeers, a 1914 USA film directed by Charles V. Henkel and with an actor named Earl Talbot in an undetermined role
    • The Three Musketeers, a 1916 Hollywood feature directed by Charles Swickard, supervised by Thomas H. Ince and including in its cast, among others, Dorothy Dalton as Queen Anne
    • Les Trois Mousquetaires, a 1921 French silent film version featuring Aimé Simon-Girard and Claude Mérelle. A blockbuster of its day, it spawned a number of sequels (an adaptation of Twenty Years After was released the following year).
    • 3 Musketeers / Fairbanks (1921 film), a 1921 silent film version starring Douglas Fairbanks
    • Les Trois Mousquetaires (1933 film), a French talkie remake of the 1921 version, with the same director (Henri Diamant-Berger) and much of the same cast
    • The Three Musketeers (1935 film), a black and white RKO version featuring Walter Abel
    • 3 Musketeers / Ameche (1939 film), a comedic version starring Don Ameche and the Ritz Brothers
    • 3 Musketeers / Gene Kelly (1948 film), an MGM production starring Gene Kelly, Van Heflin, Lana Turner, June Allyson, Vincent Price, Gig Young and Robert Coote.
    • The Three Musketeers (1953 film), director André Hunebelle, featuring Georges Marchal and Bourvil
    • Los tres mosqueteros y medio (1957 film), Mexican comedic version starring Germán Valdés (Tin-Tan)
    • Les trois mousquetaires: La vengeance de Milady, a 1961 French film directed by Bernard Borderie, with Gérard Barray, Mylène Demongeot, Guy Delorme and Jean Carmet
    • The Three Musketeers (1969 film), a television movie starring Kenneth Welsh and also featuring Christopher Walken
    • 3 Musketeers / York (1973 film), and The Four Musketeers (film) (1974) a two-film adaptation starring Michael York, Oliver Reed, Frank Finlay, and Richard Chamberlain
    • Les Quatre Charlots Mousquetaires (1974) and A Nous Quatre Cardinal (1974), comedies, but also very faithful to the novel
    • d'Artagnan and Three Musketeers (1978), a popular Soviet musical featuring Mikhail Boyarsky
    • 3 Musketeers / Sheen (1993 film), a Disney production starring Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Chris O'Donnell, Oliver Platt, and Tim Curry
    • The Musketeer (2001), a very loose adaptation, in a style imitating Asian action movies
    • d'Artagnan et les trois mousquetaires (2005)

    Film Sequels to The Three Musketeers:

    • Man in the Iron Mask (film), a number of films with that title (or something similar, or in one case The Fifth Musketeer) based on the final section of the novel The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Dumas, père
    • At Sword's Point (1952), an RKO Radio picture starring Cornel Wilde, Dan O'Herlihy, Alan Hale, Jr., and Maureen O'Hara as the sons and daughter of the original Musketeers
    • The Return of the Musketeers (1989), a film version of Twenty Years After by the team responsible for the 1973 and 1974 movies and is a direct sequel to them, featuring much of the same cast
    • Ring of the Musketeers (1992), modern day version featuring the "descendents" of the original Musketeers starring David Hasselhoff, Cheech Marin, Corbin Bernsen, Alison Doody, and John Rhys-Davies
    • La Fille de d'Artagnan (1994) (The Daughter of d'Artagnan), a French production starring Sophie Marceau
    • La Femme Musketeer (2004), a made-for-TV production starring Susie Amy as d'Artagnan's daughter "Valentine", with Michael York, Gérard Depardieu, Christopher Cazenove, John Rhys-Davies, and Nastassja Kinski
    • The Secret of Queen Anna, or Musketeers Thirty Years After (1993) and The Return of the Musketeers, or The Treasures of Cardinal Mazarin (2009), Russian film sequels to the 1978 musical, starring Mikhail Boyarsky.

     

    Twenty Years After (Sequel to The Three Musketeers): (French: Vingt ans après) is a novel by Alexandre Dumas, père, first serialized from January to August, 1845. A book of the D'Artagnan Romances, it is a sequel to The Three Musketeers and precedes The Vicomte de Bragelonne (which includes the volume, Man in the Iron Mask).

    The novel follows events in France during La Fronde, during the childhood reign of Louis XIV, and in England near the end of the English Civil War, leading up to the victory of Oliver Cromwell and the execution of King Charles I. Dumas comes out on the side of the monarchy in general, or at least he supports the idea of a well-meaning, liberal monarchy. His musketeers are valiant and just in their efforts to protect young Louis XIV and the doomed Charles I from their attackers. This book is the least well-known of the Musketeer saga but works effectively as a sequel, with reappearances by most main characters (or children of main characters) and a number of subplots.

    The Return of the Musketeers is a 1989 film adaptation loosely based on the novel Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas, père. It is the third Musketeers movie directed by Richard Lester, following 1973's The Three Musketeers and 1974's The Four Musketeers. Like the other two films, the screenplay was written by George MacDonald Fraser, famous for his Flashman series. The character of Mordaunt, Milady de Winter's son in the original novel, is replaced by Milady's daughter, called Justine de Winter. Several cast members from the first two reprised their roles in this one. Jean-Pierre Cassel, who played Louis XIII in the original movies, has a cameo appearance as Cyrano de Bergerac. Character actor Roy Kinnear died following an on-camera accident in which he fell off a horse. His role was completed by using a stand-in, filmed from the rear, and dubbed-in lines from a soundalike.

    Le Vicomte de Bragalonne (usually broken up into four parts:)

         Ten Years Later

         Louise de La Valliere

         Le Vicomte de Bragalonne

         The Man in the Iron Mask

    Le Vicomte de Bragalonne, or Ten Years Later (French: Le Vicomte de Bragelonne ou Dix ans plus tard) is a novel by Alexandre Dumas, père. It is the third and last of the d'Artagnan Romances, following The Three Musketeers and Twenty Years After. It appeared first in serial form between 1847 and 1850. In the English translations the 268 chapters of this large volume are usually subdivided into three, but sometimes four or even five individual books. In three-volume English editions, the three volumes are titled "The Vicomte de Bragelonne", "Louise de la Vallière", and "The Man in the Iron Mask." Each of these volumes is roughly the length of the original The Three Musketeers. In four-volume editions, the names of the volumes are kept, except that "Louise de la Vallière" and "The Man in the Iron Mask" are pushed down from second and third to third and fourth, with "Ten Years Later" becoming the second volume. There are usually no volume-specific names in five-volume editions. French academic Jean-Yves Tadié has argued that the beginning of King Louis XIV's personal rule is the novel's real subject.

    The Man in the Iron Mask (French: L'Homme au Masque de Fer) (died 19 November 1703) was a prisoner who was held in a number of jails, including the Bastille and the Fortress of Pignerol (today Pinerolo), during the reign of Louis XIV of France. The identity of this man has been thoroughly discussed and been the subject of many books, mainly because no one ever saw his face, which was hidden by a mask of black velvet cloth. In his Questions sur l'Encyclopédie (French for "Questions on the Encyclopaedia"), published in 1771, the writer and philosopher Voltaire claimed that the prisoner wore an iron mask and was the older, illegitimate brother of Louis XIV. In the late 1840s, the writer Alexandre Dumas elaborated on the theme in the final installment of his Three Musketeers saga: here the prisoner is forced to wear an iron mask and is Louis XIV's twin brother. What actual facts are known about this prisoner are based mainly on correspondence between his jailer and his superiors in Paris.

    The Man in the Iron Mask [in Film] There have been several films that have had the title The Man in the Iron Mask, or that have been based on the final section of the novel The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas, père, which was itself based on the 18th century legend of The Man in the Iron Mask. The plot often involves D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers and an identical twin brother of King Louis XIV of France, and it is considered a sequel to The Three Musketeers.

    • 1909: La maschera di ferro - Italian silent film
    • 1923: Der Mann mit der eisernen Maske - German silent film
    • 1929: The Iron Mask - An American silent film starring Douglas Fairbanks
    • 1939: Man Iron Mask / Hayward - American black and white film directed by James Whale, starring Louis Hayward, Joan Bennett, Warren William and Alan Hale (as "Porthos")
    • 1952: Lady in the Iron Mask - American color film starring Louis Hayward, Patricia Medina and Alan Hale, Jr. (as "Porthos")
    • 1962: Le Masque de fer - Italian/French film, starring Jean Marais
    • 1968: The Man in the Iron Mask - British TV series (9 episodes)
    • 1977: The Man in the Iron Mask (1977) - British TV movie with Richard Chamberlain, Patrick McGoohan, Louis Jourdan, Jenny Agutter, Ian Holm, Ralph Richardson and Vivien Merchant
    • 1979: The Fifth Musketeer also known as Behind the Iron Mask - Austrian/West German film directed by Ken Annakin, with Ursula Andress, Beau Bridges, Cornel Wilde, Lloyd Bridges, José Ferrer, Olivia de Havilland, Rex Harrison and Alan Hale Jr. (as "Porthos"); remake of the 1939 film
    • 1985: The Man in the Iron Mask - Australian animated TV film[1]
    • 1987: Three Musketeers - Japanese anime TV series included the character of The Man in the Iron Mask
    • 1998: The Man Iron Mask / J. Irons - British/American film directed by Randall Wallace, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Gérard Depardieu and Gabriel Byrne
    • 1998: The Man in the Iron Mask also known as The Mask of Dumas - American film, directed by William Richert, with Edward Albert, Dana Barron, Rex Ryon and Timothy Bottoms

    The Count of Monte Cristo: (French: Le Comte de Monte-Cristo) is an adventure novel by Alexandre Dumas, père. It is often considered to be, along with The Three Musketeers, Dumas' most popular work. The writing of the work was completed in 1844. Like many of his novels, it is expanded from the plot outlines suggested by his collaborating ghostwriter Auguste Maquet.**

    The story takes place in France, Italy, islands in the Mediterranean and the Levant during the historical events of 1815–1838 (from just before the Hundred Days through to the reign of Louis-Philippe of France). The historical setting is a fundamental element of the book. It is primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy, forgiveness and death, and is told in the style of an adventure story.

    Count of Monte Cristo In film:

    • The Count of Monte Cristo (1908 film), a 1908 silent film starring Hobart Bosworth
    • The Count of Monte Cristo (1913 film), a 1913 silent film starring James O'Neill
    • The Count of Monte Cristo (1918 series), a 1918 silent-film serial starring Léon Mathot
    • The Count of Monte Cristo (1929 film), a 1929 silent film starring Jean Angelo
    • The Count of Monte Cristo (1934 film), a 1934 film starring Robert Donat
    • El Conde de Monte Cristo (1941 film), 3-hour film version starring Arturo de Cordova
    • The Count of Monte Cristo (1943 film), a 1943 film starring Pierre Richard-Willm
    • The Count of Monte Cristo (1954 film), a 1954 film starring Jean Marais
    • The Count of Monte Cristo (1961 film), a 1961 film starring Louis Jourdan
    • The Count of Monte Cristo (2002 film), a 2002 film starring Jim Caviezel
    • The Countess of Monte Cristo, a 1948 film starring Sonja Henie
    • Mask of the Avenger, a 1951 film starring Anthony Quinn
    • The Return of Monte Cristo (also known as Monte Cristo's Revenge), a 1946 film starring Louis Hayward
    • The Return of Monte Cristo (also known as Under the Sign of Monte Cristo), a 1968 film starring with Paul Barge and directed by André Hunebelle
    • The Son of Monte Cristo a 1940 film starring Louis Hayward
    • The Treasure of Monte Cristo, a 1961 film starring Rory Calhoun
    • The Wife of Monte Cristo, a 1946 film starring Lenore Aubert and Martin Kosleck
    • Veta (film), a 1986 film starring Chiranjeevi
    • Uznik Zamka If (English titles: The Count of Monte Cristo or The Prisoner of Castle If ), a 1988 film starring Viktor Avilov and Aleksei Petrenko

    The Son of Monte Cristo is a 1940 black-and-white film directed by Rowland V. Lee and starring Louis Hayward, Joan Bennett, and George Sanders. In 1865, General Gurko Lanen is dictator of "Lichtenburg" in the Balkans. The rightful ruler, Grand Duchess Zona, hopes to get aid from Napoleon III of France. The visiting Count of Monte Cristo falls for Zona and undertakes to help her, masquerading as a foppish banker and a masked freedom fighter. The rest is rapid-fire intrigue and derring-do. The film takes the same name as the unofficial sequel to The Count of Monte Cristo, namely The Son of Monte Cristo, written by Jules Lermina in 1881.

  • The Countess of Monte Cristo. In 1869 French Author Jean Charles Du Boys (1836–1873) published an unofficial sequel, The Countess of Monte Cristo.
  • The film The Return of Monte Christo (1946), directed by Henry Levin, is a sequel to the book: The Count of Monte Cristo, by Dumas.
  • The Countess of Monte Cristo (an unrelated comedy that borrows the same name as the 1869 book) was twice made into a film, in 1934 and 1948.
  • The Wife of Monte Cristo is a 1946 film which reimagines the Count of Monte Cristo story and one of only a few films which feature Edmond Dantès and Princess Haydée as a married couple.

     

    **Auguste Maquet (13 September 1813, Paris – 8 January 1888) was a French author, best known as the chief collaborator of French novelist Alexandre Dumas, père, co-writing such works as The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. Maquet was born in Paris in 1813. He studied at the Lycée Charlemagne where he became a professor at the age of 18. Trained as a historian, he turned to literature, and became close with such literary figures as Théophile Gautier and Gérard de Nerval. Through Nerval, he became acquainted with the already famous Dumas in 1838. Dumas was given a play by Maquet and rewrote it, producing the successful drama Bathilde. The two started writing historical romances together, with Maquet outlining the plot and characters in draft form and Dumas adding colorful dialogue and details. At the insistence of the publisher, Maquet's name was left off the title page, and in return he received generous fees. In 1861, he became an officer of the Légion d'honneur. Unlike Dumas, Maquet died comfortably well-off. He is buried in Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris.

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    Dumas, Jr., Alexandre

    Alexandre Dumas, fils (27 July 1824 – 27 November 1895) was a French author and dramatist. He was the son (fils) of Alexandre Dumas, père, also a writer and playwright.

    WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR:

    Camille

     

     

    Feval, Paul 

    Paul Henri Corentin Féval, père (29 September 1816, Rennes - 8 March 1887) was a French novelist and dramatist.

    He was the author of popular swashbuckler novels such as Le Loup Blanc (1843) and the perennial best-seller Le Bossu (1857). He also penned the seminal vampire fiction novels Le Chevalier Ténèbre (1860), La Vampire (1865) and La Ville Vampire (1874) and wrote several celebrated novels about his native Brittany and Mont Saint-Michel such as La Fée des Grèves (1850).

    Féval's greatest claim to fame, however, is as one of the fathers of modern crime fiction. Because of its themes and characters, his novel Jean Diable (1862) can claim to be the world's first modern novel of detective fiction. His masterpiece was Les Habits Noirs (1863-1875), a criminal saga comprising eleven novels.

    After losing his fortune in a financial scandal, Féval became a born-again Christian, stopped writing crime thrillers, and began to write religious novels, leaving the tale of the Habits Noirs uncompleted.

    WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR:

    La Bosse

    Enrique de Lagardere El Jorobado (Spanish Edition)

     

     

    FEVAL, PAUL (fils) the second 

    Paul Auguste Jean Nicolas Féval (called Paul Féval fils) (1860-1933) was a French adventure novelist, like his father Paul Féval, père. He was the third of eight children and the eldest son of Paul Féval, who was 42 years old and at the height of his success when Paul Féval fils was born.

    Paul Féval fils became famous for writing sequels and prequels to his father's popular swashbuckler novel Le Bossu [The Hunchback] (1857), starting during 1893 with Le Fils de Lagardère [The Son of Largardère]. During 1914, he wrote Le Fils de d'Artagnan [The Son of d'Artagnan]. After that he published a more ambitious saga, pitting d'Artagnan himself against Cyrano de Bergerac.

    Paul Féval fils' The Years Between series (French title d'Artagnan contre Cyrano) published during 1925 was written with M. Lassez and consists of four books: The Mysterious Cavalier, Martyr to the Queen, The Secret of the Bastille, and The Heir to Buckingham. These books supposedly fill in the missing twenty year gap of d'Artagnan's life that Alexandre Dumas, père omitted between his stories of The Three Musketeers and Twenty Years After. Feval's stories take place during 1641, one year after Edmond Rostand's play Cyrano de Bergerac takes place.

    In it, young Cyrano befriends a "Mystery Knight", who is revealed as the illegitimate son of the Duke of Buckingham and Anne of Austria, the Queen of France. On the other side politically is d'Artagnan who is helping Cardinal Richelieu and his successor, the wily Mazarin, to kidnap young George to use as leverage on the Queen to enlist Spain on the side of France. But d'Artagnan is still loyal to the Queen's family and uses his mission to help her son reclaim his inheritance. At first enemies, d'Artagnan acquires a grudging respect for young Cyrano, who is a little jealous of his elder. They then become true friends and allies. Aramis guest-stars.

    Alone, during 1928, Féval fils wrote a further series of three stories called d'Artagnan and Cyrano Reconciled (French title d'Artagnan et Cyrano réconciliés) which are set directly after Twenty Years After. The stories in this series are: State Secret, The Escape of the Man in the Iron Mask, and The Wedding of Cyrano. These stories take place between 1649 (the year that Twenty Years After ends) and 1655, the year that Cyrano dies. In English, these three stories have been published into two books (one and a half stories in each book), and they are called Comrades in Arms and A Salute to Cyrano.

    In this sequel, d'Artagnan and Cyrano are good friends united by their respect for the Queen and their enmity towards the now-Cardinal Mazarin, who kidnaps George and uses his cunning to become force the Queen to become his lover. With the help of Aramis, the two heroes team up to rescue George from his prison at the Mont Saint-Michel, and also rescue the Man in the Iron Mask (Louis XIV's twin brother, as per Dumas). When civil war threatens, the two heroes are forced to side with the Queen, young Louis XIV and, to their dismay, Mazarin, against the rebels who want to use the Man in the Iron Mask. The latter is eventually recaptured and sent to the Chateau d'If.

    In the third part, Roxane is now willing to marry Cyrano, while d'Artagnan has proposed to her sister, Françoise. The wedding occurs at the Saintes Maries de la Mer. Barbary Coast pirates raid the town and capture d'Artagnan and the two women. Cyrano rushes to the rescue; unfortunately, he is wounded fatally and dies at the end of the novel before he could marry a willing Roxane.

    Paul Féval fils also wrote two science fiction novels. During 1922 and 1923, he collaborated with writer H.J. Magog on a great, rambling serial entitled Les Mystères de Demain [The Mysteries Of Tomorrow] (1922-23), an obvious homage to Eugène Sue’s Les Mystères de Paris. In it, the good scientist Oronius fights the evil schemes of an evil German mad scientist, Hantzen, and his female accomplice, a Hindu mystic, Yogha. Les Mystères de Demain takes a kitchen sink approach to the genre, using every clichés: hidden lair on top of the Everest, "carnoplastic" surgery, soul transfers, mountain dwarves, salamanders at the Earth’s core, germ warfare, the return of Atlantis, etc.

    During 1929, Féval fils wrote Felifax, the story of the eponymous Tarzan-like, man-made hybrid tiger-man and his adventures in India and England.

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  • The Son of d'Artagnan

  • The Years Between Series:

  •       Vol I. The Mysterious Cavalier

  •       Vol II: Martyr to the Queen

  •       Vol III: The Secret of the Bastille

  •       Vol IV: The Heir of Buckingham

    D'artagnan contre cyrano

     

     

     

    Forester, C.S.

     

    Cecil Scott Forester was the pen name of Cecil Louis Troughton Smith (27 August 1899 – 2 April 1966), an English novelist who rose to fame with tales of naval warfare. His most notable works were the 11-book Horatio Hornblower series, depicting a Royal Navy officer during the Napoleonic era, and The African Queen (1935; filmed in 1951 by John Huston). His novels A Ship of the Line and Flying Colours were jointly awarded the 1938 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction.

     

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  • 1924 A Pawn among Kings. Methuen.
  • 1924 The Paid Piper. Methuen.
  • 1924 Napoleon and his Court. Methuen.
  • 1925 Josephine, Napoleon’s Empress. Methuen.
  • 1926 Payment Deferred. Methuen.
  • 1927 Love Lies Dreaming. John Lane.
  • 1927 The Wonderful Week. John Lane.
  • 1927 Victor Emmanuel II and the Union of Italy. Methuen.
  • 1928 The Shadow of the Hawk. John Lane.
  • 1928 Louis XIV, King of France and Navarre. Methuen.
  • 1929 Brown on Resolution. John Lane.
  • 1929 Nelson. John Lane.
  • 1929 The Voyage of the Annie Marble. John Lane.
  • 1930 Plain Murder. John Lane.
  • 1930 The Annie Marble in Germany. John Lane.
  • 1931 Two-and-Twenty. John Lane.
  • 1931 U 97. John Lane.
  • 1932 Death to the French. John Lane.
  • 1933 The Gun. John Lane.
  • 1933 Nurse Cavell. (with CE Bechhofer Roberts) John Lane.
  • 1934 The Peacemaker. Heinemann.
  • 1935 The African Queen. Heinemann.
  • 1936 The General. Michael Joseph.
  • 1936 Marionettes at Home. Michael Joseph.
  • 1937 The Happy Return. Michael Joseph.
  • 1938 A Ship of the Line. Michael Joseph.
  • 1938 Flying Colours. Michael Joseph.
  • 1940 The Earthly Paradise. Michael Joseph.
  • 1941 The Captain from Connecticut. Michael Joseph.
  • 1942 Poo-Poo and the Dragons. Michael Joseph.
  • 1943 The Ship. Michael Joseph.
  • 1944 The Bedchamber Mystery to which is added the story of The Eleven Deckchairs and Modernity and Maternity. S. J. Reginald Saunders.
  • 1945 The Commodore. Michael Joseph.
  • 1945 The Happy Return. Stockerman.
  • 1946 Lord Hornblower. Michael Joseph.
  • 1948 The Sky and the Forest. Michael Joseph.
  • 1950 Mr Midshipman Hornblower. Michael Joseph.
  • 1950 Randall and the River of Time. Michael Joseph.
  • 1952 Lieutenant Hornblower. Michael Joseph.
  • 1952 Horatio Hornblower. Michael Joseph.
  • 1953 Hornblower and the Atropos. Michael Joseph.
  • 1954 The Nightmare. Michael Joseph.
  • 1954 The Adventures of John Wetherell. Michael Joseph.
  • 1955 The Good Shepherd. Michael Joseph.
  • 1956 The Barbary Pirates. Macdonald.
  • 1957 The Naval War of 1812. Michael Joseph.
  • 1957 The Age of Fighting Sail.
  • 1958 Hornblower in the West Indies. Michael Joseph.
  • 1959 Hunting the Bismarck. Michael Joseph.
  • 1962 Hornblower and the Hotspur. Michael Joseph.
  • 1964 The Young Hornblower. Michael Joseph.
  • 1964 The Hornblower Companion. Michael Joseph.
  • 1965 Captain Hornblower. Michael Joseph.
  • 1967 Hornblower and the Crisis, an unfinished novel. Michael Joseph.
  • 1967 Long before Forty. Michael Joseph.
  • 1968 Admiral Hornblower. Michael Joseph.
  • 1969 The Man in the Yellow Raft. Michael Joseph.
  • 1971 Gold from Crete. Michael Joseph.

    Captain Horatio Hornblower is the fictional protagonist of a series of novels by C. S. Forester, and later the subject of films and television programs.

    The original Hornblower tales began with the appearance of a junior Royal Navy Captain on independent duty on a secret mission to Central America, though later stories would fill out his earlier years, starting with an unpromising beginning as a seasick midshipman. As the Napoleonic Wars progress, he gains promotion steadily, despite his initial poverty and lack of influential friends, as a result of his skill and daring. Eventually, after surviving many adventures in a wide variety of locales, he rises to the pinnacle of his profession, promoted to Rear Admiral of the Red Squadron, knighted as a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath, and named the 1st Baron Hornblower.

    Ernest Hemingway is quoted as saying, "I recommend Forester to everyone literate I know,"[1] and Winston Churchill stated, "I find Hornblower admirable."

    1. Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (1950)
    2. "Hornblower and the Widow McCool" (1967, short story, a.k.a. "Hornblower's Temptation")
    3. Lieutenant Hornblower (1952)
    4. Hornblower and the Hotspur (1962)
    5. Hornblower and the Crisis (1967, unfinished novel and short stories, a.k.a. Hornblower During the Crisis)
    6. Hornblower and the Atropos (1953)
    7. The Happy Return (1937, a.k.a. Beat to Quarters)
    8. A Ship of the Line (1938)
    9. Flying Colours (1938)
    10. The Commodore (1945, a.k.a. Commodore Hornblower)
    11. Lord Hornblower (1946)
    12. Hornblower in the West Indies (1958, a.k.a. Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies)
    13. "The Last Encounter" (1967, short story)

    C.S. Forester and the Hornblower Saga

    In Film:

    • The 1951 film Captain H. Hornblower starred Gregory Peck in the title role, encompassing the events in The Happy Return, A Ship of the Line and Flying Colours, with C. S. Forester sharing writing credits. Peck and co-star Virginia Mayo would recreate their roles on a one-hour Lux Radio Theater program broadcast on January 21, 1952, which is included as an audio-only feature in the film's DVD release.
    • The ITV and A&E television series Hornblower (1998–2003) starred Ioan Gruffudd as Hornblower, and included stories from Mr. Midshipman Hornblower up to Hornblower and the Hotspur.

     Gregory Peck

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Goldman, William

    William Goldman (born August 12, 1931) is an American novelist, playwright, and two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter. He lives in New York City.

    Goldman has won two Academy Awards: an Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and an Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay for All the President's Men. He has also won two Edgar Awards, from the Mystery Writers of America, for Best Motion Picture Screenplay: for Harper in 1967, and for Magic (adapted from his own 1976 novel) in 1979.

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    The Princess Bride

     

    William Goldman's the Princess Bride

     

     

     

     

    Hall, Geoffrey F. 

     

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    D'Artagnan, the Ultimate Musketeer 

     

     

     

    Homer

    Homer is a legendary ancient Greek epic poet, traditionally said to be the author of the epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey. The ancient Greeks generally believed that Homer was an historical individual, but modern scholars are skeptical: no reliable biographical information has been handed down from classical antiquity, and the poems themselves manifestly represent the culmination of many centuries of oral story-telling and a well-developed "formulaic" system of poetic composition. According to Martin West, "Homer" is "not the name of a historical poet, but a fictitious or constructed name."

    The date of Homer's existence was controversial in antiquity and is no less so today. Herodotus said that Homer lived 400 years before his own time, which would place him at around 850 BC; but other ancient sources gave dates much closer to the supposed time of the Trojan War. The date of the Trojan War was given as 1194–1184 BC by Eratosthenes, who strove to establish a scientific chronology of events and this date is gaining support because of recent archaeological research.

     Homer

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    The Iliad: is an epic poem in dactylic hexameters, traditionally attributed to Homer. Set in the Trojan War, the ten-year siege of Ilium by a coalition of Greek states, it tells of the battles and events during the weeks of a quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles. Although the story covers only a few weeks in the final year of the war, the Iliad mentions or alludes to many of the Greek legends about the siege. Along with the Odyssey, also attributed to Homer, the Iliad is among the oldest extant works of Western literature, and its written version is usually dated to around the eighth century BC.[1] The Iliad contains approximately 15,700 lines, and is written in a literary amalgam of several Greek dialects. The authorship of the poem is disputed.

    The Odyssey

    The Iliad and The Odyssey

     

    Achilles: In Greek mythology, Achilles was a Greek hero of the Trojan War, the central character and the greatest warrior of Homer's Iliad. Achilles also has the attributes of being the most handsome of the heroes assembled against Troy. Later legends (beginning with a poem by Statius in the first century AD) state that Achilles was invulnerable in all of his body except for his heel. Since he died due to an arrow shot into his heel, the "Achilles' heel" has come to mean a person's principal weakness.

     Achilles

    Troy / Brad Pitt is a 2004 epic/action film concerning the Trojan War. It is loosely based on Homer's Iliad, besides material from Virgil's Aeneid and other sources of the Epic Cycle. The film's actors include Brad Pitt as Achilles, Eric Bana as Hector, Orlando Bloom as Paris, Diane Kruger as Helen, Brian Cox as Agamemnon, Sean Bean as Odysseus, Rose Byrne as Briseis, Garrett Hedlund as Patroclus, Peter O'Toole as Priam, Brendan Gleeson as Menelaus, and Tyler Mane as Ajax. Troy was directed by Wolfgang Petersen and written by David Benioff. It received an Oscar nomination for its costume design.

     Brad Pitt as Achilles in "Troy."

     

    The Odyssey (Greek: Ὀδύσσεια, Odýsseia) is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, the other work traditionally ascribed to Homer. The poem is fundamental to the modern Western canon. Indeed it is the second—the Iliad being the first—extant work of Western literature. It was probably composed near the end of the eighth century BC, somewhere in Ionia, the Greek-speaking coastal region of what is now Turkey.[1]

    The poem mainly centers on the Greek hero Odysseus (or Ulysses, as he was known in Roman myths) and his long journey home following the fall of Troy. It takes Odysseus ten years to reach Ithaca after the ten-year Trojan War.[2] In his absence, it is assumed he has died, and his wife Penelope and son Telemachus must deal with a group of unruly suitors, the Mnesteres (Greek: Μνηστῆρες) or Proci, competing for Penelope's hand in marriage.

    It continues to be read in the Homeric Greek and translated into modern languages around the world. The original poem was composed in an oral tradition by an aoidos (epic poet/singer), perhaps a rhapsode (professional performer), and was intended more to be sung than read.[1] The details of the ancient oral performance, and the story's conversion to a written work inspire continual debate among scholars. The Odyssey was written in a regionless poetic dialect of Greek and comprises 12,110 lines of dactylic hexameter.[3] Among the most impressive elements of the text are its strikingly modern non-linear plot, and that events seem to depend as much on the choices made by women and serfs as on the actions of fighting men. In the English language as well as many others, the word odyssey has come to refer to an epic voyage.

    The Odyssey [Movie] is a 1997 Emmy award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated [1] television miniseries. Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky, the miniseries aired in two-parts beginning on Sunday, May 18, 1997 on NBC. The series later won the award for "Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or a Special". The series is based on the ancient Greek epic poem, The Odyssey, which is usually attributed to Homer. It was filmed in Malta and Turkey, as well as many other places around the Mediterranean Sea, where the story takes place. For its home video and DVD release, the film has been edited into a 3-hour film.

     With Armand Assante

     

     

     

    Hope, Anthony

    Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins, better known as Anthony Hope (9 February 1863 – 8 July 1933), was an English novelist and playwright. Although he was a prolific writer, especially of adventure novels, he is remembered best for only two books: The Prisoner of Zenda (1894) and its sequel Rupert of Hentzau (1898). These works, "minor classics" of English literature, are set in the contemporaneous fictional country of Ruritania and spawned the genre known as Ruritanian romance. Zenda has inspired many adaptations, most notably the 1937 Hollywood movie of the same name.

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    The Prisoner of Zenda (1894): is an adventure novel. The king of the fictional country of Ruritania is abducted on the eve of his coronation, and the protagonist, an English gentleman on holiday who fortuitously resembles the monarch, is persuaded to act as his political decoy in an attempt to save the situation. The villainous Rupert of Hentzau gave his name to the sequel published in 1898, which is included in some editions of this novel. The books were extremely popular and inspired a new genre of Ruritanian romance, including the Graustark novels by George Barr McCutcheon.

    The Prisoner of Zenda (Penguin Red Classics)

    In Film: The novel has been adapted many times, mainly for film but also stage, musical, operetta, radio, and television. Probably the best-known version is the 1937 Hollywood movie. The dashingly villainous Rupert of Hentzau has been played by such matinee idols as Ramon Novarro (1922), Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (1937), and James Mason (1952).

    • The Prisoner of Zenda (1895-96), was co-written by Hope and Edward Rose. It opened as a play in New York in 1895 starring E. H. Sothern and the next year on the West End in London.
    • The Prisoner of Zenda (1913) - Starring James K. Hackett, Beatrice Beckley, David Torrence, Fraser Coalter, William R. Randall and Walter Hale. Adapted by Hugh Ford and directed by Ford and Edwin S. Porter, it was produced by Adolph Zukor and was the first production of the Famous Players Film Company.
    • The Prisoner of Zenda (1915) - Starring Henry Ainley, Gerald Ames, George Bellamy, Marie Anita Bozzi, Jane Gail, Arthur Holmes-Gore, Charles Rock and Norman Yates. It was adapted by W. Courtney Rowden and directed by George Loane Tucker.
    • The Prisoner of Zenda (1922) - Starring Ramon Novarro, Lewis Stone, Alice Terry, Robert Edeson, Stuart Holmes, Malcolm McGregor and Barbara La Marr. It was adapted by Mary O'Hara and directed by Rex Ingram.
    • Princess Flavia (1925), an operetta with the score by Sigmund Romberg.
    • The Prisoner Zenda/Coleman (1937) - Starring Ronald Colman as Rassendyll and Rudolph, Madeleine Carroll as Princess Flavia, Raymond Massey as Michael, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. as Rupert of Hentzau, C. Aubrey Smith as Colonel Zapt and David Niven as Captain Fritz von Tarlenheim. David O. Selznick decided to produce the film, partly as a comment on the Edward VIII abdication crisis[1], and it was directed by John Cromwell. Of the many film adaptations, this is considered by many to be the definitive version.[2] Leslie Halliwell puts it at #590 of all the films ever made, saying that the "splendid schoolboy adventure story" of the late Victorian novel is "perfectly transferred to the screen",[3] and quotes a 1971 comment by John Cutts that the film becomes more "fascinating and beguiling" as time goes by. Halliwell's Film Guide 2008 calls it "one of the most entertaining films to come out of Hollywood".

    • Colman, Smith and Fairbanks reprised their roles for a 1939 episode of Lux Radio Theatre, with Colman's wife Benita Hume playing Princess Flavia.
    • The Prisoner Zenda/Granger (1952) - Starring Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, Louis Calhern, Jane Greer, Lewis Stone, Robert Douglas, James Mason and Robert Coote. Stone, who played the lead in the 1922 version, had a minor role in this remake. It was adapted by Edward Rose, (dramatization) Wells Root, John L. Balderston, Noel Langley and Donald Ogden Stewart (additional dialogue, originally uncredited). It was directed by Richard Thorpe. It is a shot-for-shot copy of the 1937 film, the only difference being that it was made in Technicolor. Halliwell judges it "no match for the happy inspiration of the original".

    • The Prisoner of Zenda (1961) U.S. television adaptation (DuPont Show of the Month), starring Christopher Plummer and Inger Stevens.
    • Zenda (1963), a musical that closed on the road prior to a scheduled opening on Broadway. Adapted from the 1925 Princess Flavia.
    • The Prisoner of Zenda (1979) - A comic version, starring Peter Sellers, Lynne Frederick, Lionel Jeffries, Elke Sommer, Gregory Sierra, Jeremy Kemp, Catherine Schell, Simon Williams and Stuart Wilson. It was adapted by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais and directed by Richard Quine. In this version Sellers plays the King, his father, and the other main character Syd Frewin, a London Hansom Cab driver, who finds himself employed as a double to the King and eventually changes places with him permanently. This comic version is not strictly true to the book but has been thought by many to capture its spirit very well.
    • The Prisoner of Zenda (1984) - BBC adaptation starring Malcolm Sinclair.

     

    Rupert of Hentzau (1898) sequel to The Prisoner of Zenda. The story is set within a framing narrative told by a supporting character from The Prisoner of Zenda. The frame implies that the events related in both books took place in the late 1870s and early 1880s. This story commences three years after the conclusion of Zenda, and deals with the same fictional country somewhere in Germanic Middle Europe, the kingdom of Ruritania. Most of the same characters recur: Rudolf Elphberg, the dissolute absolute monarch of Ruritania; Rudolf Rassendyll, the English gentleman who had acted as his political decoy, being his distant cousin and look alike; Flavia, the princess, now queen; Rupert of Hentzau, the dashing well-born villain; Fritz von Tarlenheim, the loyal courtier.

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    In Film:

    Several adaptations were made, although not as many as for the film career of Zenda. Film versions of Rupert of Hentzau include:

    • 1915 film version Rupert of Hentzau starring Gerald Ames in the title role and Henry Ainley as Rassendyl
    • 1923 with Lew Cody as Rupert, turning the tragic ending on its head (Flavia abdicates to marry Rassendyll, and Ruritania is declared a republic).
    • A spoof version, Rupert of Hee Haw, was released in 1924. Stan Laurel plays an alcoholic king, whose queen, Mae Laurel, deposes and replaces him with an identical salesman named Rudolph Razz. Razz's manners are so uncourtly that a courtier, James Finlayson, challenges him to a duel. (See also Lord Haw-haw.)

    A 1964 British television series Rupert of Hentzau starring George Baker as John Rassendyl, Barbara Shelley as Queen Flavia and Peter Wyngarde as Rupert of Hentzau.

    David O. Selznick at first considered making a film version of the novel, as a follow-up to his hugely successful 1937 film of the The Prisoner of Zenda, using again Douglas Fairbanks Jr. He decided not to because of the tragic subject matter and his commitment to filming Gone with the Wind.

    On screen, Rupert as a character has been played by matinee idols such as Ramon Novarro (1922), Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (1937), and James Mason (1952).

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