"Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins", better known as "Anthony Hope", was an English novelist and playwright. He was a prolific writer, especially of adventure novels but he is remembered best for only two books: The Prisoner of Zenda (1894) and its sequel Rupert of Hentzau (1898). These works, "minor classics" of English literature, are set in the contemporaneous fictional country of Ruritania and spawned the genre known as Ruritanian romance. Zenda has inspired The Prisoner of Zenda#Adaptations/many adaptations, most notably the The Prisoner of Zenda (1937 film)/1937 Hollywood movie of the same name.

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