Graustark: The Story of a Love Behind a Throne
The fiction of George Barr McCutcheon (1866-1928) proved so popular in his day that he, along with Anthony Hope, the author of "The Prisoner of Zenda," invented a whole new genre, now called the "Graustarkian novel," a charming product of a more innocent time when the Balkans could be the scene of adventurous romances set in imaginary countries. McCutcheon's Graustark no doubt borders Hope's Ruritania and Avram Davidson's more recent Scythia-Pannonia-Transbalkania. It was a place where an American adventurer could find himself or herself adrift, but rapidly caught up in intrigues, captures and escapes, and the perilously-hinged destiny of (at the very least) a royal throne or two. "Graustark" is one entry in this best-selling series, which also includes "The Prince of Graustark," "Truxton King," and "Beverly of Graustark."
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - PhilSyphe - LibraryThing
"Graustark" was first published in 1901. The story takes place during the 1890s, opening on a train ride through America, during which Grenfall Lorry - the hero - meets the mysterious and enchanting ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - TadAD - LibraryThing
Hope's The Prisoner of Zenda is the most famous of these pre-World War I adventures set in fictional minor European kingdoms, but this one got to name the genre of "Graustarkian novels". It's an ... Read full review