An African Millionaire

An African Millionaire

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by Grant Allen
     
 

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Twelve superb, entertaining tales of a confidence man par excellence. Appealing 'gentleman crook' devotes himself to repeatedly swindling wealthy diamond magnate. Clever, extremely readable tales about the 'first important rogue in short crime fiction.' First edition in over 80 years. Illustrated. Introduction.

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Twelve superb, entertaining tales of a confidence man par excellence. Appealing 'gentleman crook' devotes himself to repeatedly swindling wealthy diamond magnate. Clever, extremely readable tales about the 'first important rogue in short crime fiction.' First edition in over 80 years. Illustrated. Introduction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780918736161
Publisher:
James A Rock & Co. Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Series:
Yellow Back Mystery Series
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

Grant Allen was born on February 24, 1848 near Kingston, Ontario, in Canada. Though largely forgotten today, during his lifetime he was a prolific and popular writer who published widely in diverse areas, which were as various as his own intellectual pursuits that ranged from the sciences to literature. His best stories, which featured the notorious conartist and thief, Colonel Clay, first appeared in the Strand Magazine and later were collected in the book, An African Millionaire: Episodes in the Life of the Illustrious Colonel Clay (1897), commonly regarded by many critics as the first fictional work to feature a criminal protagonist.

Gary Hoppenstand is a professor of English at Michigan State University and wrote the introduction to Penguin Classics edition of An African Millionaire. He lives in East Lansing, Michigan.

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An African Millionaire 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Entertaining series of adventures. Takes a while to get into the swing of Victorian writing style & had to look up English expressions from that time, but quite enjoyed it overall.