During each of the twelve days of Christmas, the 1709 Blog is bringing readers some information concerning an author, composer, artist or creator who died in 1941 and whose works fall into the public domain in 2012 in countries which operate a "life plus seventy years" term for copyright in authors' works. Today we feature a French author whose creation was a Gallic rival to Sherlock Holmes.
Despite the success he met in the genre of crime fiction, Leblanc at times resented Lupin’s success. The writer made repeated efforts to create other characters, but inevitably ended up merging them with Lupin. For this reason, parallels have been drawn between Leblanc and his English counterpart Conan Doyle, who met with similar experiences when he created Sherlock Holmes some years earlier. Other works produced by Leblanc in the ‘Lupin years’ were the science fiction novels Les Trois Yeux (1919) and Le formidable evènement (1920).
This series has been authored by Miriam Levenson, whom the 1709 Blog gives its grateful thanks.