Emmuska Orczy





Emmuska Orczy

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born
in Tarnaörs, Heves County, Hungary
September 23, 1865

died
November 12, 1947

gender
female

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Full name: Emma ("Emmuska") Magdolna Rozália Mária Jozefa Borbála Orczy de Orczi was a Hungarian-British novelist, best remembered as the author of THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL (1905). Baroness Orczy's sequels to the novel were less successful. She was also an artist, and her works were exhibited at the Royal Academy, London. Her first venture into fiction was with crime stories. Among her most popular characters was The Old Man in the Corner, who was featured in a series of twelve British movies from 1924, starring Rolf Leslie.

Baroness Emmuska Orczy was born in Tarnaörs, Hungary, as the only daughter of Baron Felix Orczy, a noted composer and conductor, and his wife Emma. Her father was a friend of such composers as Wagner, Liszt, and Gounod. Orc
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More books by Emmuska Orczy…
“The weariest nights, the longest days, sooner or later must perforce come to an end.”
Emmuska Orczy

“They seek him here, they seek him there
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere
Is he in heaven or is he in hell?
That demned elusive Pimpernel”
Emmuska Orczy, The Scarlet Pimpernel

“Had he but turned back then, and looked out once more on to the rose-lit garden, she would have seen that which would have made her own sufferings seem but light and easy to bear--a strong man, overwhelmed with his own passion and despair. Pride had given way at last, obstinacy was gone: the will was powerless. He was but a man madly, blindly, passionately in love and as soon as her light footstep had died away within the house, he knelt down upon the terrace steps, and in the very madness of his love he kissed one by one the places where her small foot had trodden, and the stone balustrade, where her tiny hand had rested last.”
Emmuska Orczy, The Scarlet Pimpernel

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Who, in your opinion, writes the most attention-keeping, easy-flowing story?

 
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock, of course)
 
  372 votes, 36.5%

 
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Baroness Emmuska Orczy (Scarlet Pimpernel)
 
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Elizabeth Gaskell (Wives & Daughters, Cranford)
 
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