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Paul Féval (1817–1887)

Féval, Paul (fā-väl’). A French novelist; born at Rennes, Sept. 27, 1817; died at Paris, March 8, 1887. His first story, ‘The Seals’ Club’ (1841), and others, having given him some note, he was offered a large sum to write, under the pseudonym “Francis Trollope” (as though an Englishman), a sensational story ‘The Mysteries of London,’ after the manner of Sue’s ‘Mysteries of Paris.’ It was done in 11 vols., was immensely successful, widely translated, and put on the stage. He remained a popular writer, often dramatized, with long runs. Especially successful were: ‘The Son of the Devil’ (1847); ‘The Hunchback’ (1858); ‘Mrs. Gil Blas,’ ‘The Last Man Alive’ (1873); ‘The Wonders of Mount St. Michael’ (1879).