The Princess Aline & the Man Who Could Not Loseby Richard Harding Davis, Wallace Morgan (Illustrator)
"The Princess Aline" - Morton Carlton, a portrait-painter of international reputation, is unlucky in love. It's not that he never meets the right women. It's only that when the right "one" comes along, he changes his mind. Indeed, it seems he is destined to forever wander like a lost votary through Venus's domains. But one day a change appears on the horizon. He sees a portrait of the Princess Aline of Hohenwald in an illustrated newspaper, and falls madly in love with his artist's conception of her. Throwing all to the winds, he resolves to go to Europe and look her up. The quest begins. As is usual with Davis's stories, the plot moves right along. There are interesting diversions in each of the major capitals at which the travelers stop, and these give unmistakable local color and interest to the whole. However, the preservation of Imperial Europe's unique flavor is what gives this novel its chief value. Published in 1895.
• * "The Man Who Could Not Lose" - Published in 1911 and updated with an additional story in 1917, these eight stories continue Davis's fine tradition of dramatic and gripping writing. Beginning with a nearly destitute couple who risk their last savings on a race-track dream, then to a Foreign Service Civil Agent who risks his career refusing the demands of a powerful Senator, to a reporter who believes a story is hidden in a piece of paper found in a street gutter, these stories will keep you spell-bound in your seat. The stories included are: "The Man Who Could Not Lose," "My Buried Treasure," "The Consul," "The Nature Faker," "Billy and the Big Stick," "The Frame-Up," "The Lost House," and "The Log of the 'Jolly Polly'." Includes a commemorative foreword written by Leonard Wood.
• * This volume includes the complete text of all the stories, published in 1895, 1911, 1915, and 1917. Also included are the original 18 full-page illustrations that graced these stories.
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