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Baroness Emma Orczy
Hungarian-born British novelist, chiefly remembered as the author of The Scarlet Pimpernel, one of the greatest popular successes of the 20th Century.
The only child of Baron Felix Orczy, a noted composer and conductor, she was educated in Brussels and Paris, then studied art in London. (She later exhibited some of her work in the Royal Academy.)
Orczy became famous in 1905 with the publication of The Scarlet Pimpernel, set in the times of the French Revolution, and relating the swashbuckling adventures of the “elusive” Sir Percy Blakeney, whose mission was to smuggle French aristocrats out of the country to safety.
Orczy 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 (1906), was the most popular. The last Pimpernel book, Mam'zelle Guillotine, was published in 1940.
The success of The Scarlet Pimpernel, in novel, play and film form, allowed Orczy and her husband to live out their lives in great luxury and comfort. Over the years, they lived on an estate in Kent, a bustling London home and an opulent villa in Monte Carlo.
This is a superb signature and date ("Emmushka Orczy, October 14th, 1924") in dark blue fountain pen ink on a specially printed "Autograph" card (5.5" x 3.5"). In very good condition.