Anthony Hope Hawkins

Anthony Hope (February 9, 1863-July 8, 1933), born Anthony Hope Hawkins, was an English novelist and playwright. He is best known for his two adventure novels, The Prisoner of Zenda (1894), and its sequel, Rupert of Hentzau (1898). Both novels, set in the fictional country of Ruritania, spawned a genre known as Ruritanian romance that typically involves swashbuckling adventure tales of high romance and intrigue, centered on the ruling classes.