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Manolescu, Georges. Georges Manolescu (1871-1908) was a master thief who plagued the upper classes of Europe from 1890 to 1905. In 1907 he published his memoirs, Memoiren, which caused a minor furor. Three films were made based on the Memoiren, including Ernst Lubitsch’s Trouble in Paradise, and Thomas Mann’s Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man (1922) is also based on Manolescu’s work. In 1908 Manolescu was the hero of the German Celebrity Pulp Manolescu, der Prinz von Dieb #1-27.
The fictional Manolescu is a Lupin, albeit more heroic than most of that class. In a John Kling story Manolescu is described as being the vorganger (predecessor/ancestor) of Kling, and in Neue Kriminal Bibliothek #46 Nat Pinkerton clashes with Manolescu. Manolescu appears in stories with titles like “In the Land of the Geishas,” “In the Hell of Paris,” and “The Blond Demon.”
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