The Prisoner of Zenda and Rupert of Hentzau

Anthony Hope; Cedric Watts (Introduction by)

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With a new Introduction by Cedric Watts, Research Professor of English, University of Sussex. In 'The Prisoner of Zenda', Rudolf Rassendyll's close resemblance to the King of Ruritania leads him into intrigue, romance and perilous escapades. Enmeshed in a plot by the villainous Duke of Strelsau to depose the King, Rudolf is entranced by the beautiful Princess Flavia, and finds that both his life and his honour are imperilled. The sequel, 'Rupert of Hentzau', tells how Rupert ('who feared neither man nor devil') seeks to ruin Flavia's reputation and wreak vengeance on Rudolf. Events accelerate to a dramatically violent climax. Both these swashbuckling novels offer the appeal of romantic adventure in a land now legendary. Numerous adaptations on screen and stage have extended the fame of Anthony Hope's Ruritania. AUTHOR: Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins (1863-1933), better known as Anthony Hope, was an English novelist and playwright. Enormously popular at his peak, his fortunes waned in the later stages of his life, but in his most famous book, 'The Prisoner of Zenda', and its sequel, 'Rupert of Hentzau', he wrote stories of enduring appeal. He considered himself something of a failure in later years, but his most fitting epitaph is J. M. Barrie's tribute: "He made more people happy than any other author of our time."

ISBN: 9781840226652
Publication Date: 05-Jul-2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group