E Phillips Oppenheim Bibliography Examples

E. Phillips Oppenheim

Edward Phillips Oppenheim

BornEdward Phillips Oppenheim
(1866-10-22)22 October 1866
Leicester, UK
Died3 February 1946(1946-02-03) (aged 79)
St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands, UK
Pen nameAnthony Partridge
Period1887 to 1943
Genrethriller romances

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.

Early life[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

  • 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:

Short story collections[edit]

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[edit]

  • The Black Box (1915)
  • Mr Grex of Monte Carlo (1915)
  • The Master Mummer (1915)
  • The Game of Liberty (1916), also released as Under Suspicion
  • The World's Great Snare (1916)
  • Master of Men (1917)
  • The Hillman, filmed as In the Balance (1917); The Hillman (1924)
  • The Court of St. Simon, filmed as The Silent Master (1917)
  • The Great Awakening, filmed under its American title A Sleeping Memory (1917)
  • Mr Wingrave, Millionaire (a.k.a. The Malefactor), filmed as The Test of Honor (1919)
  • The Double Life of Mr. Alfred Burton (1919)
  • The Illustrious Prince (1919)
  • The Long Arm, filmed under its American title The Long Arm of Mannister (1919)
  • The Other Romilly, filmed under its American title The Cinema Murder (1920)
  • The Plunderers, filmed under its American title The Golden Web (1920); and again as The Golden Web (1926)
  • The Mystery of Mr. Bernard Brown (1921)
  • The Mystery Road (1921)
  • Jeanne of the Marshes, filmed as Behind Masks (1921)
  • The Great Impersonation, filmed three times: as a 1921 silent film, then again in 1935 and in 1942
  • A Lost Leader (1922)
  • The Missioner (1922)
  • Expiation (1922)
  • False Evidence (1922)
  • The Great Prince Shan (1924)
  • The Ex-Duke, filmed as Prince of Tempters (1926)
  • The Inevitable Millionaires, filmed as Millionaires (1926)
  • The Passionate Quest (1926)
  • The Temptation of Tavernake, filmed as Sisters of Eve (1926)
  • The Lion and the Lamb (1931)
  • The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent, filmed as Strange Boarders (1936)
  • The Amazing Quest of Mr Ernest Bliss (1920), also filmed as The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss (1936)


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E. Phillips Oppenheim, in full Edward Phillips Oppenheim, (born Oct. 22, 1866, London, Eng.—died Feb. 3, 1946, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands, U.K.), internationally popular British author of novels and short stories dealing with international espionage and intrigue.

After leaving school at age 17 to help in his father’s leather business, Oppenheim wrote in his spare time. His first novel, Expiation (1886), and subsequent thrillers caught the fancy of a wealthy New York businessman who bought out the leather business at the turn of the century and made Oppenheim a high-salaried director. He was thus freed to devote the major part of his time to writing. The novels, volumes of short stories, and plays that followed, totaling more than 150, were peopled with sophisticated heroes, adventurous spies, and dashing noblemen. Among his well-known works are The Long Arm of Mannister (1910), The Moving Finger (1911), and The Great Impersonation (1920).

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