Arsène Lupin in America


Maurice Leblanc, The Blonde Lady , New York, Doubleday, Page & Company  (1928)

One of the most successful characters of French crime fiction worldwide, Arsène Lupin, was introduced to French readers in the July 1905 issue of the magazine Je sais tout. The story “L’Arrestation d’Arsène Lupin,” is  somewhat paradoxically titled, considering that, far from stopping Lupin in his tracks, it became the first in a series comprising a total of 36 short stories and 19 novels. Arsène Lupin is introduced as he finds himself in the midst of a transatlantic journey, “five hundred miles from the French coast”. While this particular journey was thwarted by Lupin’s arrest, the books themselves fared better and Lupin’s adventures were soon translated into English, rapidly making their way across the Atlantic. The Exploits of Arsene Lupin were published in the same year in both France and in America (1907), the latter in a translation by Alexander Teixeira De Mattos (New York, Harper, 1907). Similarly, it took only a few months for the 1909 novelization of Leblanc and Francis de Croisset’s eponymous play to be published in New York, in October 1909. From then on, a succession of books by Le Blanc (sic) featuring Lupin took hold of the American market.


Maurice Leblanc, Arsène Lupin, New York, Doubleday, Page & Company, October 1909, illustration by  H. Richard Boehm, translation by Edgar Jepson.


Maurice Leblanc, Arsène Lupin Versus Herlock Sholmes , Chicago, M. A. Donohue & Co, 1910 (Translated from the French
By George Morehead)


Maurice Leblanc,  The Hollow Needle,  New York, Doubleday Page & Co., 1910


Maurice Leblanc, The Teeth of the Tiger,  New York, Grosset & Dunlap  (1914) 1915 reprint


Maurice Leblanc, The Eight Strokes of the Clock, New York, Macaulay, 1922


Maurice Leblanc, The Secret Tomb,  New York,  Macaulay, 1923, first printing


Maurice Leblanc, Memoirs of Arsène Lupin, New York,  Macaulay (1925) first printing


Maurice Leblanc, The Confessions of Arsène Lupin, New York,  Macaulay (1913) 1928 reprint


Maurice Leblanc, The Blonde Lady ( Arsène Lupin Versus Herlock Sholmes ), New York, Doubleday, Page & Company, 1910) 1928 reprint –


Maurice Leblanc, The Crystal Stopper, New York, Macaulay (1913) 1928 reprint


Maurice Leblanc, Arsène Lupin Intervenes, New York,  Macaulay, 1929, first printing

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