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Thescarletpimpernel1908I read The Scarlet Pimpernel (Wikipedia) by Baroness Orczy (Wikipedia) right after reading the Count of Monte Cristo. I was desperate for some kind of sequel or anything else of Alexandre Dumas’ that could live up to it that wasn’t about the three musketeers.  The Scarlet Pimpernel came to my rescue then, and thanks to project Gutenberg, I am now buried in sequels.  You could say, I am making it a new obsession.

Books in order of publication:

  1. The Scarlet Pimpernel (1903)
  2. I will Repay (1906)
  3. The Elusive Pimpernel (1908)
  4. Eldorado (1913)
  5. The Laughing Cavalier (1914)
  6. Lord Tony’s Wife (1917)
  7. The First Sir Percy (1921)
  8. The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1922)
  9. Pimpernel and Rosemary (1924)
  10. Sir Percy Hits Back (1927)
  11. A Child of the Revolution (1932)
  12. The Way of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1933)
  13. The Scarlet Pimpernel Looks at the World (1933)
  14. Sir Percy Leads the Band (1936)
  15. Mam’zelle Guillotine (1940)

The novels and other collections of short stories were not typical sequels.  They jumped about in time, each a piece of the French revolutionary world that the Baroness had created.  Their huge popularity at the time drove her production as much as it inspired movie versions:


  1. 1943 movie with Leslie Howard
  2. 1938 sequel with Barry Barnes
  3. Another sequel in 1950 starring David Niven
  4. 1940 Pimpernel Smith starring Leslie Howard
  5. The Scarlet Pimpernel, 1955 (starring Marius Goring)
  6. 1966 Carry on Pimpernel
  7. 1982 movie with Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymour
  8. 1999 miniseries with Richard Grant
  9. 2010 rumblings of Michael Armstrong directing a new version with Neil Jackson.

But there is no comic.  Oh, there were advertisements of The Pimpernel: An Adaptation Of The Scarlet Pimpernel by Doug Kissock, but it doesn’t seem to have gone anywhere, much like the 2010 movie plans of Michael Armstrong.

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