Penguin Classics: The Scarlet Pimpernel   -     By: Baroness Orczy
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Puffin / 1997 / Paperback

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Armed with only his wits and his cunning, one man recklessly defies the French revolutionaries and rescues scores of inocent men, women, and children from the deadly guillotine. His friends and foes know him only as the Scarlet Pimpernel. But the ruthless French agent Chauvelin is sworn to discover his identity and to hunt him down. Complete and unabridged.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Puffin
Publication Date: 1997
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5 X 1 (inches)
ISBN: 014037454X
ISBN-13: 9780140374544
UPC: 051488005995
Availability: In Stock
Series: Puffin Classics

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The first and most successful in the Baroness’s series of books that feature Percy Blakeney, who leads a double life as an English fop and a swashbuckling rescuer of aristocrats, The Scarlet Pimpernel was the blueprint for what became known as the masked-avenger genre. As Anne Perry writes in her Introduction, the novel “has almost reached its first centenary, and it is as vivid and appealing as ever because the plotting is perfect. It is a classic example of how to construct, pace, and conclude a plot. . . . To rise on the crest of laughter without capsizing, to survive being written, rewritten, and reinterpreted by each generation, is the mark of a plot that is timeless and universal, even though it happens to be set in England and France of 1792.”

Author Bio

Baroness Emmuska Orczy (1865-1947), an only child of Austro-Hungarian nobles, lived most of her life in London, where she built her reputation as an established novelist, playwright, and artist. Also a success on stage, her most famous novel, The Scarlet Pimpernel, spawned a series of books featuring its cast of characters.

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“Arguably the best adventure story ever published and certainly the most influential that appeared during the early decades of the twentieth century.”—Gary Hoppenstand

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 5, 2004
    A Young Lady
    "We seek him here, we seek him there, those Frenchies seek him everywhere...." I absolutely adore this book! It is, without a doubt, my favorite novel! This book has something for everyone: mystery, romance, excitement, intrigue, surprise...and more! The author takes you back through time to the Reign of Terror, and you can actually feel the exquisitely beautiful Marguerite's pain, joy, and surprise throughout the book! The Scarlet Pimpernel (I shall let you see who it is on your own!) is the most handsome, dashing, daring, brave, gallant, compassionate hero known to the world of literature! And let's not forget Chauvelin- the most villainous villain there is! I would definitely recommend this book for readers of all ages!P.S. A little hint: The first few chapters are a little slow, but don't let that stop you! You'll see how it all ties in with the rest of the book as you read. You'll be glad you continued reading- it's well worth it!
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