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Graustark

George Barr McCutcheon

Book Overview: 

The Graustark novels are stories of court intrigue, royal disguise, and romance. They were popular best-sellers at the time they were published and the original editions are still readily available in used book shops. The novels gave their name to a fictional genre called Graustarkian: this genre contains tales of romance and intrigue usually featuring titled characters in small, fictional, Central European countries.

During the 1870’s, Graustark’s ruler, Prince Ganlook, was killed in a war with neighboring Axphain. As part of the ensuing peace treaty, Graustark agreed to pay a large indemnity to Axphain, to be due, with interest, in fifteen years.(Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .G's. When she asked what he was looking for he laughed idiotically, and, in confusion, informed her that he was trying to find the name of the most important city in Indiana. She was glancing at the books in the case when she was startled by hearing him utter an exclamation and then lean to his feet.

"Half-past seven! I can make it!"

"What is the matter, Gren dear?"

"Oh!" he ejaculated, bringing himself up with a start. "I forgot—er—yes, mother, I'll just have time to catch the train, you know. Will you kindly have Mary clean up this muss of books and so forth? I'm off, you see, to New York—for a day only, mother,—back tomorrow! Important business—just remembered it, you know,—ahem! Good-by, mother! Good-by!" he had kissed her and was in the hall before she fairly understood what he was talking about. Then she ran after him, gaining the hallway in time to see him pass through the street door, his hat on. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I bought this used book for the cover, and decided to read it before cutting it up for journal making. Instead, I'm going to keep it on the shelf. For what this book is, I think it's great. Written in 1904 it's a tale of a rich beautiful southern American girl who takes off for the foreign country o

Better than Graustark and Prisoner of Zenda! Less kissing, no killing. Contains mild language. Even so, I really like this book!

This book has a copy write of 1904. It belonged to my father-in-laws father. I like old books for their feel of heavy paper and the old illustrations. This was definitely a romantic story that was far fetched but fun to read as a grown-up fairy tale. I liked the book as a particular dated genre.

My romantic teen self found this book to be lovely. Re-reading it as an adult, I see some pretty terrible racism and sexism. I feel nostalgic about it for the magical feeling it gave to me as a kid. But the reservations are mounting.

This book is yet another of my favorites. McCutcheon writes similar to Louisa May Alcott, so you need to be in the right mindset to begin this book. Once you start reading, you won't stop.
The story is absolutely ingenuous and it will completely surprise you. You fall in love with the characters f

The grammar and dialog are good; the logic is good, and the story totally unbelievable. This is really a fairy tale, without any real aspects to the story. No consequences (perhaps some imagined ones, I grant) to desperate action.

Girl goes to Eastern Europe, finds everything very wild, yet strangel

Another masterpiece by Mr. McCutcheon! I didn't even see the final plot twist coming, and did it floor me!
Well written, with lots of exciting twists and turns, and beautiful, lovable heroine, and a dashing, handsome (OHHHH so handsome! :D) hero, with vile villains and conniving plots.
When Princ

My grandma gave this to me when I was young...possibly because it has my name in the title. I know that coincidence made me think for the longest time that this was MY book in more than just ownership. I have fond memories of it.

Since this was my father's, my copy is actually a Grosset & Dunlap with illustrations by Harrison Fisher.

It's not really your typical 1904 romance. Yes, the hero is in disguise. Yes, the heroine is very much a Gibson Girl (haughty, proud, reserved, queenly). It is set in a mythical country in the Ba

George Barr McCutcheon’s second novel in his Graustark series features some of the same characters from Book One, however, the original main characters take a step back to allow a few new faces to take centre stage.

Beverly is a young American woman who gets to know Yetive, the Princess of Graustark,

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