This book is a member of the special collection Special Collection: The Works of E. Phillips Oppenheim (1866-1946)
|Title:||A Monk of Cruta [The Tragedy of Adrea]|
|Publisher:||J. S. Ogilvie Publishing Company|
This is a early novel (1894) by the hugely prolific, and wildly popular (1920-40s) author E. Phillips Oppenheim. It is somewhat different than his later works, with darker themes, and a more tragic plot. The convoluted story involved a wealthy Englishman who falls in love with the daughter of an Italian nobleman who lives on the island of Cruta in the Mediterranean. Their progeny, and a very dark influence of the Catholic church, conspire to defeat both love and happiness. Scenes in late Victorian English salons, particularly featuring the dancer and heroine Adrea, are wonderful evocations of period society. Also some great set pieces as a private yacht enters the stormy harbor of Cruta.
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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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