The Scarlet Pimpernel Author:Baroness Orczy There are some novels whose plots unfold with such compelling energy, with such irresistibly mounting suspense, that they have, through the years, been characterized by a phrase which, if it has become trite, is nevertheless a testimonial to a work of rare imaginative power: "I just couldn't put it down until I'd finished it." Baroness Emmuska O... more »rczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel is this kind of book.
Like Robert Louis Stevenson, the Baroness Orczy had the priceless gift of generalizing a private life into the universal terms of humanity, of extracting from one's thoughts, emotions, and the mundane course of life the rare moments of beauty, of synthesizing these into pattern, into literary creations charged with an imaginative dynamism that carries their readers into new worlds of adventure, romanticism, and changeless brightness. Indeed, the New York Herald Tribune once said of her: "She has a natural gift for swift narration, a vivid imagination, and an appropriately flamboyant style." These might themselves be the qualities from which the Baroness forged her super-subtle hero in The Scarlet Pimpernel, the champion of perjured aristocracy.« less