Graustark: The Story of a Love Behind a Throne

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Wildside Press, 2003 - Fiction - 420 pages
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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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User 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

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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

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The novels of George Barr McCutcheon (1866-1928) made him a millionaire, but despite the great popularity accorded him during his lifetime, most of today's readers are wholly unfamiliar with his name and writings. An extremely prolific author, he not only produced over forty novels but wrote several plays, short stories, and essays as well. He invested his novels with a good deal of humor and with a warm humanity which charmed his audiences and made him one of the most popular writers of his time.

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