The Way Of The Scarlet Pimpernel
The year is 1793, the darkest days of the French revolution, and little Charles-Leon is ill. The delicate son of Louise and Bastien de Croissy is recommended country air, but travel permits are needed – and impossible to come by. Louise’s friend, Josette, believes she knows a way out. For Josette is convinced that her hero, the Scarlet Pimpernel, will come to their rescue. She refuses to believe that he only exists in her imagination. ‘I say that the Scarlet Pimpernel can do anything! And I mean to get in touch with him,’ she vows, and sets forth into the Paris streets.
Author biography:Baroness Orczy was born in Hungary in 1865, 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 1905 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. Sequel books followed and film and TV versions were later made.
Orczy also wrote detective stories which still prove popular and are equally acclaimed within this genre.
She died in 1947.