Erskine Childers, The Riddle of the Sands

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Genre and the Historical Context

The Riddle of the Sands was published to generally positive reviews in 1903 and is today widely read as one of the founding examples of the spy novel. It was made into a film with an A-list cast in 1979 and before that had been presented on several occasions as a BBC radio drama.

The Riddle of the Sands

was published to generally positive reviews in 1903 and is today widely read as one of the founding examples of the spy novel. It was made into a film with an A-list cast in 1979 and before that had been presented on several occasions as a BBC radio drama.

The novel tells the story of two young Englishmen sailing a yacht along the German coast circa 1901-1902, surviving difficulties of navigation and the hostility of some Germans they meet, as they discover a

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Citation: Clark, Robert. "The Riddle of the Sands". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 March 2024 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=7587, accessed 15 July 2024.]

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