Thursday, July 12, 2012

Reading List: The Scarlet Pimpernel

The Scarlet Pimpernel
by Baroness Orczy

One of the things that made Peanuts stand out was that while Charles Schultz was quite capable of mastering the standard comic strip formula, he regularly stretched beyond its tropes to create characters who weren't simply absorbed in their own fictional lives.  Schroeder's obsession with Beethoven was the most obvious manifestation of this, but Schultz is also responsible for my first encounters with the name "Scarlet Pimpernel."  It's probably one of the more antiquated heroic epics, featuring a name that means practically nothing today, but for some reason I became interested in it a few years back, when I was working on a heroic epic of my own, and I'm glad that I went out and bought it and added the book to my Reading List, because otherwise I might've forgotten all about it again, because as I said, it's hard to take just the name seriously these days.  At any rate, I shall soon have some thoughts about the actual book to share...

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