Ponson du Terrail, Pierre-Alexis

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(1829-1871) French author, mostly of popular fiction, best known for the character Rocambole, an Antihero who prefigures many similar adventurers who begin their careers as criminals and end up working, usually in secret, to defend society, a list which includes Maurice LeBlanc's Arsène Lupin, Doc Savage, Leslie Charteris's The Saint, and others; the series [not listed below] contains many fantasticated episodes, almost always explained away. After La baronne Trépassée (1852 3vols; trans Brian Stableford as The Vampire and the Devil's Son 2007), whose protagonist may or may literally be a Vampire, of more direct sf interest is La Femme Immortelle (1869; trans Brian Stableford as The Immortal Woman 2013), whose Vampire protagonist is both immortal and able to turn lead into gold (see Immortality; Transmutation). Much happens over two centuries of action. [JC]

Pierre-Alexis, Vicomte de Ponson du Terrail

born Montmaur, Hautes Alpes, France: 8 July 1829

died Bordeaux, France: 20 January 1871

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