Overview

105,110 words (≈ about 7 hours)
The story is reminiscent of Stevenson's "Prince Otto" in a certain airy persiflage and genial cynicism and in the comic opera quality of the little Continental kingdom that is the scene of its remarkable plot; it strongly suggests Anthony Hope's "The Prisoner of Zenda" in the kidnaping of certain important characters and in the portraiture of the youthful hero who is an American. But these resemblances do not detract from its originality; for ...
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Puppet Crown

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Overview

105,110 words (≈ about 7 hours)
The story is reminiscent of Stevenson's "Prince Otto" in a certain airy persiflage and genial cynicism and in the comic opera quality of the little Continental kingdom that is the scene of its remarkable plot; it strongly suggests Anthony Hope's "The Prisoner of Zenda" in the kidnaping of certain important characters and in the portraiture of the youthful hero who is an American. But these resemblances do not detract from its originality; for original it is in plot, in characters, and in style. Something there is of the same power of revealing the loneliness the heartache and the unsatisfied longings of royalty that throbs in Daudet's "Kings in Exile." The whole plot turns on the misery of a King who has sold his birthright for a crown that is only a symbol of his own impotency. He is a puppet in the hands of a confederation of great powers who permit him to rule because he is an idealist and a dreamer, and, they know, will finally allow the kingdom to fall into their hands as a protectorate.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014638654
  • Publisher: Timeless Classics Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Series: Timeless Classics Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 705 KB

Meet the Author

Harold MacGrath (September 4, 1871 - October 30, 1932) was a
bestselling American novelist, short story writer, and
screenwriter. Also known occasionally as Harold McGrath, he was
born in Syracuse, New York. As a young man, he worked as a reporter
and columnist on the Syracuse Herald newspaper until the late 1890s
when he published his first novel, a romance titled Arms and the
Woman. According to the New York Times, his next book, The Puppet
Crown, was the No.7 bestselling book in the United States for all
of 1901. From that point on, MacGrath never looked back, writing
novels for the mass market about love, adventure, mystery, spies,
and the like at an average rate of more than one a year. He would
have three more of his books that were among the top ten
bestselling books of the year.
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