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  • Published: 15 January 2013
  • ISBN: 9789380028286
  • Imprint: Steerforth Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 72
  • RRP: $15.99

The Prisoner of Zenda

Green Popular Penguins




In this classic swashbuckler, English gentleman Rudolf Rassendyll, is transported from a comfortable life in London to extraordinary adventures in Ruritania...

Swordfights, midnight rides, castles and dungeons... The Prisoner of Zenda is the classic romantic adventure!

When Rudolf Rassendyll decides to take a journey to see his distant cousin crowned king of Ruritania, it soon becomes apparent that it is not going to be a routine trip. The first indication of this comes with the realization that he bears an uncanny resemblance to his cousin. Added to that there is the discovery that Black Michael, a relative of the rightful king, is determined to prevent the coronation taking place, so that he might receive the crown himself.

What follows is an adventure involving abduction, imprisonment and deceit. As the story races to its conclusion, Rudolf Rassendyll faces choices that will determine not only his future, but the futures of King Rudolf, Princess Flavia and the whole of Ruritania.

Published in 1894, The Prisoner of Zenda launched Hope's writing career, and was followed by the sequel, Rupert of Hentzau.

  • Pub date: 15 January 2013
  • ISBN: 9789380028286
  • Imprint: Steerforth Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 72
  • RRP: $15.99

About the Author

Anthony Hope

Anthony Hope is the pseudonym of Anthony Hope Hawkins, a successful and prolific author of fiction and drama. The son of a school headmaster, Hope was born in London in 1863. While practicing law, Hope also experimented with creative writing, and he published his first novel, a political satire entitled A Man of Mark, at his own expense in 1890.

With the publication of his most famous novel, The Prisoner of Zenda, in 1894, Hope abandoned his legal career to write full-time, penning the short story collection, The Heart of Princess Osra (1896), and the Zenda sequel, Rupert of Hentzau (1898). Throughout his productive life, Hope published a wide variety of fiction, in areas ranging from the light domestic comedy of The Dolly Dialogues (1894) to the more serious fiction of Simon Dole (1889). He died on July 8, 1933.


Praise for The Prisoner of Zenda

“"I highly recommend Campfire’s comics. They do what they are intended to do and do it in  a way that excites kids about classic literature."— Chris Wilson, The Graphic Classroom (a resource for teachers and librarians)”


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