Arsène Lupin Bonus: Arsène Lupin (Novelised By Edgar Jepson)

Maurice Leblanc

The immense success of Lupin not surprisingly spawned a theatre production and a play was written by Maurice Leblanc and Francis de Croisset which was then translated by Edgar Jepson who also subsequently undertook the novelization of the work.

In this book, Lupin has previously robbed the odious millionaire Gournay-Martin, but only to play Robin Hood and return the money to their rightful owners whom Gournay-Martin had exploited. Guerchard is the detective, is on Lupin's trail and runs Lupin close.

The narrative progresses through the Duke of Charmerace, who is engaged to Gournay-Martin's spoilt daughter Germaine. Is all as it seems? The duke seems to detest his fiancée and have a soft spot for Germaine's beautiful secretary Sonia. Sonia herself has secrets of her own, but why is the Duke protective towards her? Why does the Duke personally encourage Guerchard's efforts to find Lupin. It all comes together with a twist in the tail.

Edgar Alfred Jepson was an English writer, principally of mainstream adventure and detective fiction, but also of some supernatural and fantasy stories that are better remembered. He was editor for a short period of Vanity Fair magazine and was also well known as a translator, particularly of Leblanc's works.

  • Classification : Classic Crime & Adventure/Thrillers
  • Pub Date : JUN 20, 2023
  • Imprint : YELLOWBACK
  • Page Extent : 250
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9789357312264
  • Price : INR 399

Maurice Leblanc

Maurice Marie Émile Leblanc was a French novelist and writer of short stories, known primarily as the creator of the gentleman burglar, adventurer and detective Arsène Lupin, often described as a French counterpart to Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Hornung's Raffles.

Refusing the career that his father had set up for him at a card factory, Leblanc instead went to Paris in 1888, to pursue writing as a journalist. But he soon turned novelist and storyteller. His first novel, Une femme (A Woman), published in 1893 was a success and was followed by other works, such as Des couples (The Couples), Voici des ailes (Here are wings) and a play La pitié, released in 1902, which was a flop. In 1905, Pierre Lafitte, the director of the monthly Je sais tout, commissioned a short story from Leblanc, with the brief that he was to combine the appeal of A.J Raffles by Ernest William Hornung and Sherlock Holmes. The result was L'Arrestation d'Arsène Lupin (The Arrest of Arsène Lupin) which was a huge success. Two years later, the book Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar was released, and the rest was historywith one of the most successful series being born.

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