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Baroness Orczy

(1865—1947) novelist

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Hungarian‐born novelist who lived from the age of 15 in London. She achieved fame with her romantic novel The Scarlet Pimpernel (1905), the story of the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel, a band of Englishmen pledged to rescue the innocent victims of the Reign of Terror in Paris. Its leader, Sir Percy Blakeney, outwits his opponents—in particular the wily Chauvelin—by means of his courage and ingenious disguises, at the same time concealing his identity from his friends in England. The novel was first successful in a dramatized version (1903).

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