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A Chicago Princess

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Title:A Chicago Princess
Barr, Robert   
(2 of 9 for author by title)
Lady Eleanor: Lawbreaker
Wightman, Francis P.   
Published:   1904
Publisher:Grosset & Dunlap
Tags:adventure, Canadiana, fiction

The Chicago princess of course is a Western multi-millionaire's daughter, and, equally, of course (as is usual in novels), one expects her to be a little vulgar and unschooled in the refinement native to her father's secretary, an impecunious young Englishman who, if not himself son of a hundred earls, is avowedly near kin to a member of the British aristocracy. We are not prepared, however, for the extravagant vulgarity of Mr Barr's princess. One instance: They are yachting in Oriental waters, and she suddenly conceives a desire to visit the Korean Emperor. They arrive at Seoul, and an audience is obtained through the secretary's influence, during which the remarkable young woman takes affront at his Majesty and catches him a slap on the side of his face that sounded through the hall like the report of a pistol.

—The Outlook, October 22, 1904 [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:162 Info

Author Bio for Barr, Robert

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Robert Barr (16 September 1849 – 21 October 1912) was a Scottish-Canadian short story writer and novelist, born in Glasgow, Scotland.

In 1881 Barr decided to "vamoose the ranch", as he stated, and relocated to London, to establish there the weekly English edition of the Detroit Free Press. In 1892 he founded the magazine The Idler, choosing Jerome K. Jerome as his collaborator (wanting, as Jerome said, "a popular name"). He retired from its co-editorship in 1895. In London of the 1890s Barr became a more prolific author—publishing a book a year—and was familiar with many of the best-selling authors of his day, including Bret Harte and Stephen Crane. Most of his literary output was of the crime genre, then quite in vogue. When Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories were becoming well-known Barr published in the Idler the first Holmes parody, "The Adventures of Sherlaw Kombs" (1892), a spoof that was continued a decade later in another Barr story, "The Adventure of the Second Swag" (1904). Despite the jibe at the growing Holmes phenomenon Barr and Doyle remained on very good terms. Doyle describes him in his memoirs Memories and Adventures as, "a volcanic Anglo—or rather Scot-American, with a violent manner, a wealth of strong adjectives, and one of the kindest natures underneath it all."--Wikipedia.

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