An African Millionaire

An African Millionaire

by Grant Allen


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Though Canadian author CHARLES GRANT BLAIRFINDIE ALLEN (1848-1899) published what is considered one of the first Canadian science fiction books, The British Barbarians, in 1895, he is best remembered today for his creation of Colonel Clay, "the first great thief of short mystery fiction." This series of witty, ironic tales-the complete adventures of the gentleman rogue-are wonderfully entertaining in their own right, but in anticipating the work of the likes of Ellery Queen and Agatha Christie, they are also essential reading for anyone fascinated by the history of mystery fiction. First published in 1897, this replica edition is complete with the charming original illustrations.

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ISBN-13: 9798606560196
Publisher: Independently published
Publication date: 02/05/2020
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.29(d)

About the Author

Grant Allen was born on February 24, 1848 near Kingston, Ontario, in Canada. Though largely forgotten today, during his lifetime he was a prolific and popular writer who published widely in diverse areas, which were as various as his own intellectual pursuits that ranged from the sciences to literature. His best stories, which featured the notorious conartist and thief, Colonel Clay, first appeared in the Strand Magazine and later were collected in the book, An African Millionaire: Episodes in the Life of the Illustrious Colonel Clay (1897), commonly regarded by many critics as the first fictional work to feature a criminal protagonist.

Gary Hoppenstand is a professor of English at Michigan State University and wrote the introduction to Penguin Classics edition of An African Millionaire. He lives in East Lansing, Michigan.

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