Orczy, Baroness

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Working name of Hungarian-born illustrator and author Baroness Emmuska Magdalena Rosalia Maria Josefa Barbara Orczy (1865-1947), in the UK from about 1880, though much of her time was spent in France; her first given name was also rendered as Emma, which she did not like. After magazine work as an illustrator, she came to fame with The Scarlet Pimpernel (1905), first performed as a play in 1903 and followed by eleven Scarlet Pimpernel sequels. Her sf novel, By the Gods Beloved (1905; vt The Gates of Kamt 1907), is a Lost-World tale set in a Keep on top of a mountain in North Africa, where ancient Egyptians engage in sexual intrigues and politics. [JC]

Baroness Emmuska Magdalena Rosalia Maria Josefa Barbara Orczy

born Tarnaörs, near Jászberény, Hungary: 23 September 1865

died London: 12 November 1947

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