|Title:||La Comtesse de Cagliostro [AKA The Countess of Cagliostro] [AKA Memoirs of Arsène Lupin] (Arsène Lupin #13)|
|Tags:||crime, fiction, mystery, Arsène Lupin (Fictional character)|
“La Comtesse de Cagliostro” est un roman policier de Maurice Leblanc, publié en 1924. Il raconte l’histoire d’Arsène Lupin, un jeune amant de Clarisse d’Étigues, qui sauve Joséphine Balsamo, la Comtesse de Cagliostro, que le père et le cousin de Clarisse tenté de tuer sur ordre de leur maître chanteur, Beaumagnan. Joséphine Pellegrini-Balsamo était la comtesse de Cagliostro, née à Palerme le 29 juillet 1788, d’une liaison entre Joseph Balsamo et Joséphine de la Pagerie. Elle avait 106 ans lorsqu’elle est décédée à l'âge de 30 ans. Lupin oscille entre son amour pour Clarisse et sa haine envers Joséphine, qui l’inspire. Le livre est l’histoire originale du tristement célèbre gentleman voleur.
“La Comtesse de Cagliostro” is a crime novel by Maurice Leblanc, published in 1924. It tells the story of Arsène Lupin, a young lover of Clarisse d’Étigues, who saves Josephine Balsamo, the Countess of Cagliostro, whom Clarisse’s father and cousin tried to kill on the orders of their blackmailer. [Suggest a different description.]
|Comments:||The Countess of Cagliostro; AKA Memoirs of Arsène Lupin|
Author Bio for Leblanc, Maurice
Maurice Marie Émile Leblanc (11 November 1864 – 6 November 1941) was a French novelist and writer of short stories, known primarily as the creator of the fictional gentleman thief and detective Arsène Lupin, often described as a French counterpart to Arthur Conan Doyle's creation Sherlock Holmes.
Leblanc was largely considered little more than a writer of short stories for various French periodicals when the first Arsène Lupin story appeared in a series of short stories serialized in the magazine Je Sais Tout, starting in No. 6, dated 15 July 1905. Clearly created at editorial request under the influence of, and in reaction to, the wildly successful Sherlock Holmes stories, the roguish and glamorous Lupin was a surprise success and Leblanc's fame and fortune beckoned. In total, Leblanc went on to write twenty-one Lupin novels or collections of short stories.
By 1907 Leblanc had graduated to writing full-length Lupin novels, and the reviews and sales were so good that Leblanc effectively dedicated the rest of his career to working on the Lupin stories. Like Conan Doyle, who often appeared embarrassed or hindered by the success of Sherlock Holmes and seemed to regard his success in the field of crime fiction as a detraction from his more "respectable" literary ambitions, Leblanc also appeared to have resented Lupin's success. Several times, he tried to create other characters, such as private eye Jim Barnett, but eventually merged them with Lupin. He continued to pen Lupin tales well into the 1930s.
Leblanc also wrote two notable science fiction novels: Les Trois Yeux (1919), in which a scientist makes televisual contact with three-eyed Venusians, and Le Formidable Evènement (1920), in which an earthquake creates a new landmass between England and France.
Marie Émile Maurice Leblanc est un écrivain français né à Rouen, et mort à Perpignan. Auteur de nombreux romans policiers et d’aventures, il est le créateur du célèbre personnage d’Arsène Lupin, le gentleman-cambrioleur.
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