The Prisoner of Zenda and Rupert of Hentzau - eBook  -     By: Anthony Hope
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Penguin Classics / 2000 / ePub

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A "political fairy tale", the "Prisoner of Zenda" and the included sequel "Rupert of Hentzau" are political satires on late nineteenth century European politics. With humor and adventure, this story of false identities and swordfights will enthrall all. 372 pages, softcover.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2000
ISBN: 9781101177037
ISBN-13: 9781101177037

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Best known for his political fairy tale, The Prisoner of Zenda, which saw four major screen adaptations, including the acclaimed 1937 incarnation starring Ronald Colman, Anthony Hope was one of the few novelists to achieve wide popular and critical admiration during his lifetime.

Regarded by many critics as the finest adventure story ever written -- and certainly one of the most popular -- The Prisoner of Zenda (1894) tells the story of Rudolf Rassendyl, a dashing English gentleman who bears an uncanny resemblance to the ruler of the fictional kingdom of Ruritania. Rassendyl masquerades as the king in order to save the country from a treacherous plot and secures the release of the wronged prisoner. In the process he wins the heart of the beautiful princess Flavia, but ultimately surrenders the crown and the hand of his beloved princess to the rightful ruler.

Rupert of Hentzau, which ends in tragedy rather than triumph, is the darker, more problematic sequel to The Prisoner of Zenda. Full of swash-buckling feats of heroism as well as witty irony, these adventure tales are also wonderfully executed satires on late nineteenth-century European politics.

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