Emma Orczy

Emma Orczy was a Hungarian-born British novelist, playwright, and artist who lived from 1865 to 1947. She is best known for her novel “The Scarlet Pimpernel” (1905), which was a bestseller and has been adapted into numerous plays, films, and television shows. The novel is set during the French Revolution and follows the adventures of a mysterious English nobleman who rescues French aristocrats from the guillotine. Orczy’s writing is characterized by its vivid descriptions, its exciting plot twists, and its memorable characters, and “The Scarlet Pimpernel” is considered a classic of historical fiction and adventure literature. Despite facing numerous challenges, including poverty and limited opportunities available to women in her time, Orczy remained a dedicated and visionary writer, and her works continue to be widely read and enjoyed by audiences around the world.

by Bassano, whole-plate glass negative, 10 June 1920

Books by Emma Orczy