Baroness Orczy

Baroness Orczy (1865-1947) was a member of the Hungarian aristocracy, and her family settled in London when she was a teenager. At Heatherley's School of Fine Art, she met her future husband, Montague Barstow, and in 1903 the two collaborated on The Scarlet Pimpernel, a play about an English aristocrat's adventures during the French revolution. The play and its subsequent novelization were great successes, and Orczy went on to write more than a dozen sequels featuring the Pimpernel and many other works of romance and mystery, includingThe Old Man in the Corner and Lady Molly of Scotland Yard.

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