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Orczy, Emmuska, Baroness (Emma Magdalena Rosalia Maria Josefa Barbara Orczy)

Born: 1865 AD
Died: 1947 AD, at 82 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Dramatist, Novelists


1865 - Born in Tarnaörs, Hungary on the 23rd of September.

1880 - The family moved to London where they lodged with their countryman Francis Pichler at 162 Great Portland Street.

1894 - Orczy attended West London School of Art and then Heatherley's School of Fine Art, where she met her future husband, Montague Maclean Barstow, whom she married.

1899 - His birth but her first novel, The Emperor's Candlesticks, was a failure.

1901 - Her next novel, In Mary's Reign did better.

1903 - She and her husband wrote a play based on one of her short stories about an English aristocrat, Sir Percy Blakeney, Bart., who rescued French aristocrats from the French revolution: The Scarlet Pimpernel.

1906 - He went on to write over a dozen sequels featuring Sir Percy Blakeney, his family, and the other members of the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel, of which the first, I Will Repay, was the most popular.

1909 - The Nest of the Sparrowhawk

         - Her work was so successful that she was able to buy an estate in Monte Carlo.

1940 - The last Pimpernel book, Mam'zelle Guillotine, was published.

1947 - Died in Henley on Thames on the 12th of November.


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