Eager to make his fortune in the gold mines of Africa, young Scarlett Trent must grapple with his own sense of wrong and right, balancing the challenges which face him with his desire to get rich. He is accompanied in his quest by his partner Monty, a questionable drunkard with a shady past. Will the pair be successful in their quest for riches, or will spectres of Monty’s mysterious past return to haunt the pair? Very much of its time, ‘A Millionaire of Yesterday’ by E. Phillips Oppenheim was first published in 1900.
E. Phillips Oppenheim (1866-1946) was a hugely prolific and highly popular British author of novels and short stories. Born in Tottenham, London, Oppenheim left school as a teenager and worked for his leather-merchant father for 20 years prior to launching his literary career. Oppenheim published five novels under the pseudonym ‘Anthony Partridge’ before establishing his reputation as a writer under his own name. An internationally successful author, Oppenheim’s stories revolved mainly around glamourous characters, luxurious settings, and themes of espionage, suspense, and crime. He is widely regarded as one of the earliest pioneers of the thriller and spy-fiction genre as it is recognised today. Oppenheim’s incredible literary success meant that his own life soon began to mirror that of his opulent characters. He held lavish, Gatsby-style parties at his French Villa and was rumoured to have had frequent love affairs aboard his luxury yacht. Oppenheim’s success earned him the cover of Time magazine in 1927. Some of his most well-known novels include ‘The Great Impersonation’, ‘The Long Arm of Mannister’ and ‘The Moving Finger’.