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Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins, 1863 - 1933, is better known as novelist Anthony Hope. His profession was the law, writing, at first, a hobby. His fourth novel, The Prisoner of Zenda, was an international success on first release in April 1984. The success of his next book, The Dolly Dialogues, a drawing-room comedy first serialized in the Westminster Gazette, added to his fame as an author, as did a successful stage production of The Prisoner of Zenda. Though the sequel to "Zenda", Rupert of Hentzau (1898), was a rather more moderate success, he retired as a barrister and took up writing full-time. In 1903, returning from a lecture tour in the States, the 40-year-old Hawkins met an 18-year-old American girl, Betty Somerville. They fell in love and were married in the summer of that year. He was knighted in 1919 for his work during WWI, writing pamphlets to counter German propaganda.

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