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Set in the fictional country of Ruritania, The Prisoner of Zenda tells the story of Rudolf Rassendyll, identical cousin to King Rudolf of Ruritania, who must stand in for the king at his coronation when a plot to steal the crown leaves the king drugged and unable to attend. Rudolf must foil the plans of the king’s brother, Prince Michael, and when the king is kidnapped and taken to a castle in Zenda, Rudolf must overcome the plots of the prince’s mistress and his henchman in order to rescue him.
Anthony Hope’s swashbuckling adventure is held up as his greatest work of fiction and sparked its own genre, Ruritanian romance, named after the fictional country in which the story is set.
Regarded by many critics as the finest adventure story ever written -- and certainly one of the most popular -- The Prisoner of Zenda (1894) tells the story of Rudolf Rassendyl, a dashing English gentleman who bears an uncanny resemblance to the ruler of the fictional kingdom of Ruritania. Rassendyl masquerades as the king in order to save the country from a treacherous plot and secures the release of the wronged prisoner. In the process he wins the heart of the beautiful princess Flavia, but ultimately surrenders the crown and the hand of his beloved princess to the rightful ruler.
Rupert of Hentzau, which ends in tragedy rather than triumph, is the darker, more problematic sequel to The Prisoner of Zenda. Full of swash-buckling feats of heroism as well as witty irony, these adventure tales are also wonderfully executed satires on late nineteenth-century European politics.
Rudolf must return to the troubled kingdom to defeat Hentzau, where he is embroiled once more in a world of deception, intrigue, deadly swordfights and torn loyalties. With the stakes higher than ever, will he pay the ultimate price?
Set amid the vibrant colors and sounds of the African jungle, this classic work has beckoned generations of readers toward a glorious journey of pure adventure. This is the story of the ape-man Tarzan, raised in the wild, and how he learns the secrets of the jungle to survive. When his paradise is invaded by white men, Tarzan’s life changes. Speaking directly to our childhood fantasies, Tarzan of the Apes takes us to that faraway place in our minds where dreams prevail—and where we too can be masters of our environment.
The Prisoner of Zenda
With an Introduction by Justin Kaplan
A perilous impersonation, a forbidden romance, a bold rescue, and a battle to the death against a malevolent foe in his ancient lair—these form the key elements in one of the greatest and most irresistible novels of adventure ever written. In the mythical kingdom of Ruritania, Rudolf Rassendyll is called upon to impersonate the abducted heir to the throne—and he soon finds himself engaged to a beautiful princess whom he can love only while living a lie. Between its vivid emotion and unflagging action, The Prisoner of Zenda is the ultimate reading experience for those who seek to escape into a world of danger, daring, and noble deeds.
* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Hope’s life and works
* Concise introductions to the famous novels and other texts
* 29 novels, with individual contents tables
* Includes rare novels appearing for the first time in digital publishing, including LUCINDA
* Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the Edwardian texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the short stories
* Easily locate the short stories you want to read
* Includes Hope’s rare war essays – available in no other collection
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
Please note: due to US copyright restrictions, Hope’s last novel ‘Little Tiger’ and his autobiography ‘Memories and Notes’ cannot appear in this edition. When the texts become available in your public domain, they will be added to the eBook as a free update.
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A MAN OF MARK
MR WITT’S WIDOW
A CHANGE OF AIR
HALF A HERO
THE GOD IN THE CAR
THE INDISCRETION OF THE DUCHESS
THE PRISONER OF ZENDA
THE CHRONICLES OF COUNT ANTONIO
THE HEART OF PRINCESS OSRA
RUPERT OF HENTZAU
THE KING’S MIRROR
TRISTRAM OF BLENT
THE INTRUSIONS OF PEGGY
A SERVANT OF THE PUBLIC
SOPHY OF KRAVONIA
THE GREAT MISS DRIVER
MRS MAXON PROTESTS
A YOUNG MAN’S YEAR
THE SECRET OF THE TOWER
BEAUMAROY HOME FROM THE WARS
The Short Story Collections
SPORT ROYAL AND OTHER STORIES
THE DOLLY DIALOGUES
COMEDIES OF COURTSHIP
TALES OF TWO PEOPLE
The Short Stories
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
DIALOGUE: A LECTURE
THE NEW (GERMAN) TESTAMENT: SOME TEXTS AND A COMMENTARY
MILITARISM, GERMAN AND BRITISH
WHY ITALY IS WITH THE ALLIES
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Courtland went off early next morning in the dog-cart to Fairhaven station—no railway line ran nearer Milldean—and Grantley Imason spent the morning lounging about his house, planning what improvements could be made and what embellishments provided against the coming of Sibylla. He enjoyed this pottering both for its own sake and because it was connected with the thought of the girl he loved. For he was in love—as much in love, it seemed to him, as a man could well be. "And I ought to know," he said, with a smile of reminiscence, his mind going back to earlier affairs of the heart, more or less serious, which had been by no means lacking in his career. He surveyed them without remorse, though one or two might reasonably have evoked that emotion, and with no more regret than lay in confessing that he had shared the follies common to his age and his position. But he found great satisfaction in the thought that Sibylla had had nothing to do with any of the persons concerned. She had known none of them; she was in no sense of the same set with any one of the five or six women of whom he was thinking; her surroundings had always been quite different from theirs. She came into his life something entirely fresh, new, and unconnected with the past. Herein lay a great deal of the charm of this latest, this final affair. For it was to be final—for his love's sake, for his honour's sake, and also because it seemed time for such finality in that ordered view of life and its stages to which his intellect inclined him. There was something singularly fortunate in the chance which enabled him to suit his desire to this conception, to find the two things in perfect harmony, to act on rational lines with such a full and even eager assent of his feelings.
He reminded himself, with his favourite shrug, that to talk of chance was to fall into an old fallacy; but the sense of accident remained. The thing had been so entirely unplanned. He had meant to buy a place in the North; it was only when the one he wanted had been snapped up by somebody else that the agents succeeded in persuading him to come and look at the house at Milldean. It happened to take his fancy, and he bought it. Then he happened to be out of sorts, and stayed down there an unbroken month, instead of coming only from Saturday to Monday. Again, Sibylla and Jeremy had meant to go away when the rector died, and had stayed on only because Old Mill House happened to fall vacant so opportunely. No other house was available in the village. So the chances went on, till chance culminated in that meeting of his with Sibylla: not their first encounter, but the one he always called his meeting with her in his own thoughts—that wonderful evening when all the sky was red, and the earth too looked almost red, and the air was so still. Then he had been with her in his garden, and she, forgetful of him, had turned her eyes to the heavens, and gazed and gazed. Presently, and still, as it seemed, unconsciously, she had stretched out her hand and caught his in a tight grip, silently but urgently demanding his sympathy for thoughts and feelings she could not express. At that moment her beauty seemed to be born for him, and he had determined to make it his. He smiled now, saying that he had been as impulsive as the merest boy, thanking fortune that he could rejoice in the impulse instead of condemning it—an end which a priori would have seemed much the more probable. In nine cases out of ten it would have been foolish and disastrous to be carried away in an instant like that. In his case it had, at any rate, not proved disastrous. From that moment he had never turned back from his purpose, and he had nothing but satisfaction in its now imminent accomplishment.
The hugely successful romantic adventure story which continues to thrill a century after it was written. It has all the classic ingredients - a twisting plot of betrayal and deception, love interest, great swashbuckling action and a most beguiling villain in Rupert of Hentzau, who captured the publics imagination and had them begging the author for a sequel.
Rudolph Rassendyll visits Ruritania, with whose Royal Family he has a connection because of a scandalous sexual indiscretion in the past. When the heir apparent is kidnapped, Rudolph by virtue of his physical similarity to the new ruler, is plunged into a sequence of events in which he is crowned, then must rescue "The Prisoner of Zenda" in order to continue the royal line and pay court to the Princess Flavia - the latter task coming very easy to him as he falls deeply in love
A terrific, original tale much imitated by succeeding authors - but never bettered.
Great entertainment and part of literary history!
Anthony Hope was constrained to return to the fictional land of Ruritania by an appreciative public who wanted more swashbuckling and derring-do from the hero Rudolph and more Machiavellian moustache twirling from the suave villain Rupert.
The author came up with a literary construction which ensured he would never again have to visit fictional Ruritania - but nothing he subsequently wrote appealed as much as the two Zenda stories.
In the sequel it is the loyal courtier Fritz von Tarlenheim who recounts this story of a dastardly plot made upon Queen Flavia's honour, and again the Royal Elphberg line is threatened. Colonel Sapt and all the stalwarts are there, apart from the thuggish Black Michael, and good riddance to him!
It's a great love story with lots of action and devious deception by both the good and the bad. Listen and enjoy a marvellous tale full of intrigue, romance and incomparable adventure.
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