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Maurice Leblanc

In 1905, the French writer Maurice Leblanc (1864-1941) invented Arsène Lupin, a dashing thief and cunning mischief-maker who often wore a top hat and a monocle while pocketing the world's most valuable diamonds. His first collection of stories was published in book form in 1907. The Lupin character proved hugely popular, and Leblanc spent decades penning wonderfully entertaining and action packed adventures. Leblanc's Lupin novels were so successful that he dedicated the rest of his career to...See more