This book is a member of the special collection Special Collection: The Works of E. Phillips Oppenheim (1866-1946)
|Title:||The Moving Finger [A Falling Star]|
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
Spiritualism and Charlatanism in Edwardian England.
Mr Henry Rochester is an honest and hororable landowner in rural England. One evening he comes upon a young boy who is meditating on a hillside. On a whim, he endows the boy with 500 pounds, and warns him not to fail. Seven years later the boy has become Mr. Bertrand Saton, a mystical adventurer, adopted son of the Comtesse Rachael, and ravisher of female London. The two become enemies, with several women at stake in the contest. Henry's wife, Lady Mary; his ward Lois, and his great love Pauline. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Oppenheim, E. Phillips
E. Phillips Oppenheim, in full Edward Phillips Oppenheim (born Oct. 22, 1866, London, Eng.—died Feb. 3, 1946, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands, U.K.), internationally popular British author of novels and short stories dealing with international espionage and intrigue.
After leaving school at age 17 to help in his father's leather business, Oppenheim wrote in his spare time. His first novel, Expiation (1887), and subsequent thrillers caught the fancy of a wealthy New York businessman who bought out the leather business at the turn of the century and made Oppenheim a high-salaried director. He was thus freed to devote the major part of his time to writing. The novels, volumes of short stories, and plays that followed, totaling more than 150, were peopled with sophisticated heroes, adventurous spies, and dashing noblemen. Among his well-known works are The Long Arm of Mannister (1910), The Moving Finger (1911), and The Great Impersonation (1920).--Encyclopaedia Britannica.
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