E. Phillips Oppenheim

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E. Phillips Oppenheim
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Edward Phillips Oppenheim
Born Edward Phillips Oppenheim
22 October 1866 (1866-10-22)
London, UK
Died 3 February 1946 (1946-02-04) (aged 79)
St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands, UK
Pen name Anthony Partridge
Occupation Novelist
Nationality British
Period 1887 to 1943
Genre thriller romances

Edward Phillips Oppenheim (22 October 1866 – 3 February 1946) was an English novelist, in his lifetime a major and successful writer of genre fiction including thrillers.

Early life[edit]

Edward Phillips Oppenheim was born 22 October 1866 in Leicester, the son of a leather merchant. He worked in his father's business for almost twenty years. He went to Wyggeston Grammar School.

Career[edit]

Oppenheim's literary success enabled him to buy a villa in France and a yacht, then a house in Guernsey, though he lost access to this during the Second World War. Afterwards he regained the house, le Vanquiédor in St. Peter Port, and he died there on 3 February 1946.[1]

Personal life[edit]

In 1892 Oppenheim married Elise Clara Hopkins.[1] They lived in Evington, Leicestershire[2] until the First World War, and had one daughter. During the war he worked for the Ministry of Information.

Further reading[edit]

  • Autobiography, The Pool of Memory (1941) at Project Gutenberg Australia
  • The sole biography of Oppenheim is Prince of Storytellers: The Life of E. Phillips Oppenheim by Robert Standish, pseudonym of Digby George Gerahty. London: Peter Davies 1957.

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

Oppenheim produced more than 100 novels between 1887 and 1943. They include:

  • Expiation (1887)
  • The Peer and the Woman (1895)
  • A Daughter of the Marionis (1895)
  • False Evidence (1896)
  • A Modern Prometheus (1896)
  • The Mystery of Mr. Bernard Brown (1896)
  • The Wooing of Fortune (1896)
  • The Postmaster of Market Deighton (1897)
  • The Amazing Judgment (1897)
  • Mysterious Mr. Sabin (1898)
  • A Daughter of Astrea (1898)
  • As a Man Lives [aka The Yellow House] (1898)
  • Mr. Marx's Secret (1899)
  • The Man and His Kingdom (1899)
  • The World's Great Snare (1900)
  • A Millionaire of Yesterday (1900)
  • The Survivor (1901)
  • Enoch Strone [aka A Master of Men] (1901)
  • A Sleeping Memory [aka The Great Awakening] (1902)
  • The Traitors (1902)
  • A Prince of Sinners (1903)
  • The Yellow Crayon (1903)
  • The Betrayal (1904)
  • Anna the Adventuress (1904)
  • A Maker of History (1905)
  • The Master Mummer (1905)
  • A Lost Leader (1906)
  • The Tragedy of Adrea [aka A Monk of Cruta] (1906)
  • The Malefactor [aka Mr. Wingrave, Millionaire] (1906)
  • Berenice (1907)
  • The Avenger [aka The Conspirators] (1907)
  • The Great Secret [aka The Secret] (1908)
  • The Governor (1908)
  • The Distributors [aka Ghosts of Society] (1908) (as Anthony Partridge)
  • The Missioner (1908)
  • The Kingdom of Earth [aka The Black Watcher] (1909) (as Anthony Partridge)
  • Jeanne of the Marshes (1909)
  • The Illustrious Prince (1910)
  • Passers By (1910) (as Anthony Partridge)
  • The Lost Ambassador [aka The Missing Delora] (1910)
  • The Golden Web (1911) (as Anthony Partridge)
  • The Moving Finger [aka A Falling Star] (1911)
  • Havoc (1911)
  • The Court of St. Simon (1912) (as Anthony Partridge)
  • The Lighted Way (1912)
  • The Tempting of Tavernake (1912)
  • The Mischief Maker (1913)
  • The Double Life of Mr. Alfred Burton (1913)
  • The Way of These Women (1914)
  • A People's Man (1914)
  • The Vanished Messenger (1914)
  • The Black Box (1915)
  • The Double Traitor (1915)
  • Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo (1915)
  • The Kingdom of the Blind (1916)
  • The Hillman (1917)
  • The Cinema Murder [aka The Other Romilly] (1917)
  • The Pawns Count (1918)
  • The Zeppelin's Passenger [aka Mr. Lessingham Goes Home] (1918)
  • The Wicked Marquis (1919)
  • The Box with Broken Seals [aka The Strange Case of Mr. Jocelyn Thew] (1919)
  • The Curious Quest [aka The Amazing Quest of Mr. Ernest Bliss] (1919)
  • The Great Impersonation (1920)
  • The Devil's Paw (1920)
  • The Profiteers (1921)
  • Jacob's Ladder (1921)
  • Nobody's Man (1921)
  • The Evil Shepherd (1922)
  • The Great Prince Shan (1922)
  • The Mystery Road (1923)
  • The Wrath to Come (1924)
  • The Passionate Quest (1924)
  • Stolen Idols (1925)
  • Gabriel Samara, Peacemaker (1925)
  • The Golden Beast (1926)
  • Prodigals of Monte Carlo (1926)
  • Harvey Garrard's Crime (1926)
  • The Interloper [aka The Ex-Duke] (1927)
  • Miss Brown of X. Y. O. (1927)
  • The Light Beyond (1928)
  • The Fortunate Wayfarer (1928)
  • Matorni's Vineyard (1928)
  • The Treasure House of Martin Hews (1929)
  • The Glenlitten Murder (1929)
  • The Million Pound Deposit (1930)
  • The Lion and the Lamb (1930)
  • Gangster's Glory [aka Inspector Dickens Retires] (1931)
  • Up the Ladder of Gold (1931)
  • Simple Peter Cradd (1931)
  • The Man from Sing Sing [aka Moran Chambers Smiled] (1932)
  • The Ostrekoff Jewels (1932)
  • Murder at Monte Carlo (1933)
  • The Ex-Detective (1933)
  • Jeremiah and the Princess (1933)
  • The Gallows of Chance (1934)
  • The Man without Nerves [aka The Bank Manager] (1934)
  • The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent (1934)
  • The Spy Paramount (1934)
  • The Battle of Basinghall Street (1935)
  • Floating Peril [aka The Bird of Paradise] (1936)
  • The Magnificent Hoax [aka Judy of Bunter's Buildings] (1936)
  • The Dumb Gods Speak (1937)
  • Envoy Extraordinary (1937)
  • The Mayor on Horseback (1937)
  • The Colossus of Arcadia (1938)
  • The Spymaster (1938)
  • And Still I Cheat the Gallows (1939)
  • Sir Adam Disappeared (1939)
  • Exit a Dictator (1939)
  • The Strangers' Gate (1939)
  • Last Train Out (1940)
  • The Shy Plutocrat (1941)

Short story collections[edit]

Most of Oppenheim's 37 collections of short stories, 26 of which have been published in the United States, are series with sustained interest in which one group of characters appears throughout.

  • The Long Arm of Mannister [aka The Long Arm]. 1908
  • Peter Ruff and the Double-Four [aka The Double Four]. 1912
  • For the Queen. 1912
  • Those Other Days. 1912
  • Mr. Laxworthy's Adventures. 1913
  • The Amazing Partnership. 1914
  • An Amiable Charlatan [aka The Game of Liberty]. 1915
  • Mysteries of the Riviera. 1916
  • Aaron Rodd, Diviner. 1920
  • Ambrose Lavendale, Diplomat. 1920
  • Hon. Algernon Knox, Detective. 1920
  • The Seven Conundrums. 1923
  • Michael's Evil Deeds. 1923
  • The Inevitable Millionaires. 1923
  • The Terrible Hobby of Sir Joseph Londe. 1924
  • The Adventures of Mr. Joseph P. Gray. 1925
  • The Little Gentleman from Okehampstead. 1926
  • The Channay Syndicate. 1927
  • Mr. Billingham, the Marquis and Madelon. 1927
  • Madame and Her Twelve Virgins. 1927
  • Nicholas Goade, Detective. 1927
  • The Exploits of Pudgy Pete. 1928
  • Chronicles of Melhampton. 1928
  • The Human Chase. 1929
  • Jennerton & Co. 1929
  • What Happened to Forester. 1929
  • Slane's Long Shots. 1930
  • Sinners Beware. 1931
  • Crooks in the Sunshine. 1932
  • The Ex-Detective. 1933
  • General Besserley's Puzzle Box. 1935
  • Advice Limited. 1936
  • Ask Miss Mott. 1936
  • Curious Happenings to the Rooke Legatees. 1937
  • A Pulpit in the Grill Room. 1938
  • General Besserley's Second Puzzle Box. 1939
  • The Grassleyes Mystery. 1940

Film adaptations[edit]

  • The Black Box (1915)
  • Mr Grex of Monte Carlo (1915)
  • The Master Mummer (1915)
  • The Game of Liberty, filmed as Under Suspicion (1916)
  • The World's Great Snare (1916)
  • Master of Men (1917)
  • The Hillman, filmed as in the Balance (1917); The Hillman (1924)
  • Seeing Life, filmed under its American title The Court of St Simon (1917)
  • The Great Awakening, filmed under its American title A Sleeping Memory (1917)
  • Mr Wingrave, Millionaire, aka The Malefactor filmed as The Test of Honor (1919)
  • The Illustrious Prince (1919)
  • The Long Arm, filmed under its American title The Long Arm of Mannister (1919)
  • The Other romilly, filmed under its American Title The Cinema Murder (1920)
  • The Plunderers, filmed under its American title The Golden Web (1920); and again as The Golden Web (1926)
  • The Mystery of Mr Bernard Brown (1921)
  • The Mystery Road (1921)
  • Jeanne of the Marshes, filmed as Behind the Mask – Silent 1921, Behind the Masks Sound 1931
  • The Great ImpersonationSilent film (1921); Sound Movie (1935); Sound Movie (1942)
  • A lost leader (1922)
  • The Missioner (1922)
  • Expiation (1922)
  • False Evidence (1922)
  • The Great Prince Shan (1924)
  • The Ex-Duke, filmed as Prince of Tempters (1926)
  • The Inevitable Millionaires, filmed as Millionaires (1926)
  • The Passionate Quest (1926)
  • The Temptation of Tavernake, filmed as Sisters of Eve (1926)
  • The Lion and the Lamb (1931)
  • The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent, filmed as Strange Boarders (1936)
  • The Amazing Quest of Mr Ernest Bliss, filmed as Amazing Adventure (1937) also released as Romance and Riches, and Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss (starring Cary Grant)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, accessed 5 February 2011
  2. ^ British History Online R. A. McKinley (editor)(1958) A History of the County of Leicester: volume 4: The City of Leicester

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