E. Phillips Oppenheim

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.

E. Phillips Oppenheim
Edward Phillips Oppenheim
Edward Phillips Oppenheim
BornEdward Phillips Oppenheim
22 October 1866
Leicester, UK
Died3 February 1946 (aged 79)
St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands, UK
Pen nameAnthony Partridge
Period1887 to 1943
Genrethriller romances

Early life

Edward Phillips Oppenheim was born 22 October 1866 in Leicester, the son of Henrietta Susannah Temperley Budd and Edward John Oppenheim, a leather merchant.[1] He worked in his father's business for almost twenty years. He went to Wyggeston Grammar School.


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.[2]

Personal life

In 1892 Oppenheim married Elise Clara Hopkins.[2] They lived in Evington, Leicestershire[3] until the First World War, and had one daughter. During the war he worked for the Ministry of Information.

Further reading

  • 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.
  • Three Oppenheim compilations published by Stark House Press, Secrets & Sovereigns: The Uncollected Stories of E. Phillips Oppenheim (2004); Ghosts & Gamblers: The Further Uncollected Stories (2009); and, The Amazing Judgment / Mr. Laxworthy's Adventures (2014), were edited and provided introductions and collector's bibliographies by Daniel Paul Morrison.



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

  • Expiation (1887)
  • A Monk of Cruta (1894)
  • The Peer and the Woman (1895)
  • A Daughter of the Marionis (1895)
  • False Evidence (1896)
  • The Modern Prometheus (1896)
  • The Mystery of Mr. Bernard Brown (1896)
  • The Wooing of Fortune (1896)
  • The Postmaster of Market Deignton (1897)
  • The Amazing Judgment (1897)
  • Mysterious Mr. Sabin (1898)
  • A Daughter of Astrea (1898)
  • As a Man Lives [a.k.a. 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 [a.k.a. A Master of Men] (1901)
  • A Sleeping Memory [a.k.a. The Great Awakening] (1902) (* filmed 1917)
  • 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 [a.k.a. A Monk of Cruta] (1906)
  • The Malefactor [a.k.a. Mr. Wingrave, Millionaire] (1906) (*filmed 1919)
  • Berenice (1907)
  • The Avenger [a.k.a. The Conspirators] (1907)
  • The Great Secret [a.k.a. The Secret] (1908)
  • The Governor (1908)
  • The Distributors [a.k.a. Ghosts of Society] (1908) (as Anthony Partridge)
  • The Missioner (1908)
  • The Kingdom of Earth [a.k.a. 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 [a.k.a. The Missing Delora] (1910)
  • The Golden Web (1911) (as Anthony Partridge)
  • The Moving Finger [a.k.a. 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 [.ak.a. The Other Romilly] (1917) (*filmed 1920)
  • The Pawns Count (1918)
  • The Zeppelin's Passenger [a.k.a. Mr. Lessingham Goes Home] (1918)
  • The Wicked Marquis (1919)
  • The Box with Broken Seals [a.k.a. The Strange Case of Mr. Jocelyn Thew] (1919)
  • The Curious Quest [a.k.a. 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 [a.k.a. 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)
  • Up the Ladder of Gold (1931)
  • Simple Peter Cradd (1931)
  • The Man from Sing Sing [a.k.a. Moran Chambers Smiled] (1932)
  • The Ostrekoff Jewels (1932)
  • Murder at Monte Carlo (1933)
  • Jeremiah and the Princess (1933)
  • The Gallows of Chance (1934)
  • The Man without Nerves [a.k.a. The Bank Manager] (1934)
  • The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent (1934)
  • The Spy Paramount (1934)
  • The Battle of Basinghall Street (1935)
  • Floating Peril [a.k.a. The Bird of Paradise] (1936)
  • The Magnificent Hoax [a.k.a. 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)
  • Mr. Mirakel (1943)

Short story collections

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 [a.k.a. The Long Arm] (1908)
  • Peter Ruff and the Double-Four [a.k.a. The Double Four] (1912)
  • For the Queen (1912)
  • Those Other Days (1912)
  • Mr. Laxworthy's Adventures (1913)
  • The Amazing Partnership (1914)
  • The Game of Liberty [a.k.a. An Amiable Charlatan] (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)
  • Gangster's Glory [a.k.a. Inspector Dickens Retires] (1931)
  • 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


  1. ^ "E. Phillips Oppenheim". online-literature.com.
  2. ^ a b Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, accessed 5 February 2011
  3. ^ British History Online R. A. McKinley (editor)(1958) A History of the County of Leicester: volume 4: The City of Leicester

External links

Expiation (film)

Expiation is a 1922 British silent crime film directed by Sinclair Hill and starring Ivy Close, Fred Raynham and Lionelle Howard. It was based on a novel by E. Phillips Oppenheim. The film was made by Stoll Pictures at the Cricklewood Studios.

Pearson's Magazine

Pearson's Magazine was a monthly periodical which first appeared in Britain in 1896. A US version began publication in 1899. It specialised in speculative literature, political discussion, often of a socialist bent, and the arts. Its contributors included Upton Sinclair, George Bernard Shaw, Maxim Gorky, George Griffith, H. G. Wells, Dornford Yates and E. Phillips Oppenheim, many of whose short stories and novelettes first saw publication in Pearson's.

It was the first British periodical to publish a crossword puzzle, in February 1922.

Prince of Tempters

Prince of Tempters is a 1926 American silent romance film directed by Lothar Mendes and starring Lois Moran, Ben Lyon and Lya De Putti. It is based on the novel The Ex-Duke by the British writer E. Phillips Oppenheim. The film was made at the Cosmopolitan Studios in New York. It was the first film made in America by the German director Lothar Mendes, who married Dorothy Mackaill while working on the production.A copy of this film is held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Strange Boarders

Strange Boarders is a 1938 British comedy thriller film, directed by Herbert Mason, produced by Edward Black for Gainsborough Pictures, and starring Tom Walls, Renée Saint-Cyr, Googie Withers and Ronald Adam. The film is an adaptation of the 1934 espionage novel The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim, and was well received by critics. The Los Angeles Times described it as "a long series of laughs as well as thrills".

The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss

The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss is a 1936 British romantic comedy film directed by Alfred Zeisler and starring Cary Grant. It is a remake of the 1920 film The Amazing Quest of Mr. Ernest Bliss.The film was issued in the United States in 1937 under the title The Amazing Adventure (and subsequently Romance and Riches), but edited down to 62 minutes from the reputed original UK running time of 80 minutes. All currently circulating copies are of the US edit, but the British Film Institute has several archive prints of 77 minutes in length.

The Amazing Quest of Mr. Ernest Bliss

The Amazing Quest of Mr. Ernest Bliss is a 1920 British silent comedy film directed by and starring Henry Edwards. As of August 2010, the film is listed as one of the British Film Institute's "75 Most Wanted" lost films. The film was remade in 1936 starring Cary Grant.

The Black Box (serial)

The Black Box is a 1915 American drama film serial directed by Otis Turner. This serial is considered to be lost. The film was written in part by E. Phillips Oppenheim, a very popular novelist at the time. The story was also published in 1915 as a novel and as a newspaper serial. Both published editions were illustrated by photographic stills taken from the movie serial. In the novel version, about 30 stills from the movie are preserved. These can be seen in the Gutenberg.org version.

The Game of Liberty (novel)

The Game of Liberty is a 1915 novel by the British writer E. Phillips Oppenheim in which an aristocrat's son falls in love with a female thief.

The Grand Magazine

The Grand Magazine was the first British pulp magazine. It was published monthly between February 1905 and April 1940. Published by George Newnes, it initially emulated Newnes's highly successful Strand Magazine, featuring a mix of fiction and non-fiction. In 1908, it was renamed The Grand Magazine of Fiction.The New York Times greeted the appearance of the new magazine with the comment that "this is a promising periodical, containing much that will commend itself to the decent popular taste", and added that "Mr Herbert Greenhough Smith, who has been the editor of The Strand Magazine, occupies the same post on the new periodical".Although Herbert Greenhough Smith was associated with the launch of the magazine, the first editor, until 1910, was Alderson Anderson.The many authors whose work appeared in The Grand included Agatha Christie, E. Phillips Oppenheim, Baroness Orczy, Rafael Sabatini, Edgar Wallace and P. G. Wodehouse.

The Great Impersonation (1921 film)

The Great Impersonation is a 1921 American silent drama film directed by George Melford and written by Monte M. Katterjohn and E. Phillips Oppenheim. The film stars James Kirkwood, Sr., Ann Forrest, Winter Hall, Truly Shattuck, Fontaine La Rue, Alan Hale, Sr., and Bertram Johns. The film was released on October 9, 1921, by Paramount Pictures. It is not known whether the film currently survives, which suggests that it is a lost film.

The Great Impersonation (1935 film)

The Great Impersonation is a 1935 American drama film directed by Alan Crosland and starring Edmund Lowe, Valerie Hobson and Wera Engels. It was adapted from the novel The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim. It was made by Universal Pictures with some aesthetic similarities to the Universal Horror films of the 1930s. Two other film versions of the story were made with the same title in 1921 and 1942 respectively.

The Great Impersonation (1942 film)

The Great Impersonation is a 1942 American thriller film directed by John Rawlins and starring Ralph Bellamy, Evelyn Ankers and Aubrey Mather. It is an adaptation of the 1920 novel The Great Impersonation by Edward Phillips Oppenheim with the setting moved from the early 1910s of the novel to the Second World War. It was made by Universal Pictures and was a remake of their 1935 film of the same name. German intelligence believe they have planted an agent inside the British establishment by murdering British aristocrat Sir Edward Dominey in Africa and replacing him with his doppelganger. However, over time, they begin to have doubts about just what happened in Africa and as to whether the man claiming to be Dominey is really an imposter.

The Great Impersonation (novel)

The Great Impersonation is a mystery novel written by E. Phillips Oppenheim and published in 1920. German Leopold von Ragastein meets his doppelganger, Englishman Everard Dominey, in Africa, and plans to murder him and steal his identity to spy on English high society just prior to World War I. However, doubts of the returned Dominey's true identity begin to arise in this tale of romance, political intrigue, and a (literally) haunting past.

The Lion and the Lamb

The Lion and the Lamb is a 1931 American Pre-Code comedy thriller film directed by George B. Seitz.

The Mystery of Mr. Bernard Brown (film)

The Mystery of Mr. Bernard Brown is a 1921 British silent mystery film directed by Sinclair Hill and starring Ruby Miller, Annie Esmond and Clifford Heatherley. It was made by Stoll Pictures, and based on an 1896 novel of the same name by E. Phillips Oppenheim.

The Mystery of Mr. Bernard Brown (novel)

The Mystery of Mr. Bernard Brown is an 1896 novel by the British writer E. Phillips Oppenheim. Following the apparent murder of a man, a novelist comes under suspicion.

The Passionate Quest

The Passionate Quest is a 1926 American drama film directed by J. Stuart Blackton and written by Marian Constance Blackton. It is based on the 1924 novel The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim. The film stars May McAvoy, Willard Louis, Louise Fazenda, Gardner James, Jane Winton and Holmes Herbert. The film was released by Warner Bros. on July 10, 1926.

The Test of Honor

The Test of Honor (1919) is an American silent film drama produced by Famous Players-Lasky, released by Paramount, directed by John S. Robertson, and starring John Barrymore. Considered the actor's first drama movie role after years of doing film comedies and farces. It is based on author E. Phillips Oppenheim 1906 novel The Malefactor.The film was made at Famous Players' East Coast facility and released prior to Robertson and Barrymore's famous Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920).

The Under Dog and Other Stories

The Under Dog and Other Stories is a short story collection written by Agatha Christie and first published in the United States in 1951, Dodd Mead and Company. The title story was published in booklet form along with Blackman's Wood (by E. Phillips Oppenheim) in the United Kingdom in 1929 by The Reader's Library.The first US edition retailed at $2.50.It contains works from the early days of Christie's career, all featuring Hercule Poirot. All the stories were published in British and American magazines between 1923 and 1926. All of the stories, save the title story, were to appear again in 1974 in Poirot's Early Cases.

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