Lawrence Ellsworth

About me

Author / editor of historical fiction, specializing in adventure. Next title, a new translation of Alexandre Dumas’s “The Red Sphinx, A Sequel to The Three Musketeers,” will be published by Pegasus Books in January, 2017. My most recent title, “The Big Book of Swashbuckling Adventure,” appeared in December, 2014. In my day job I am Lawrence Schick, a designer of role-playing games.

From my website

New Article On Silent Screen Swashbucklers!

The first part of my extended two-part article on swashbuckler movies of the silent era has been posted by our friends at If you like that sort of thing, then it’s the sort of thing you’ll like! Go to our LINKS page to connect to the article—and watch for…

PW Review for “The Red Sphinx”

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY has given “The Red Sphinx” a Starred Review, their highest recommendation! The review said, in part, that “Dumas’s trademark gifts at crafting engaging historical romances are amply in evidence in this lengthy yet fast-paced volume that places at center stage the Machiavellian lead, Cardinal Richelieu. Ellsworth’s translation captures…

Compiling The Big Book of Swashbuckling Adventure

I’ve been reading and collecting swashbuckling adventure fiction for many years – my whole life, really. A couple years ago, while in the middle of a long (and still uncompleted) translation project, it occurred to me that I probably knew enough about the subject to be able to compile a…

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