Beau Geste Trilogy Review

For those who are interested there is a great review of the P.C. Wren Foreign Legion trilogy on the Edgar Rice Burroughs fan site called www.erbzine.com.  The first link below takes you to the introduction.  The other links (which are also toward the bottom of the web page) take you to R. E. Prindle’s reviews for Beau Geste, Beau Sabreur and Beau Ideal.  He also has several other links to different novels available online and one page with film stills from the first Beau Geste movie.  There is also a full text version of Beau Geste and Beau Sabreur as part of the reviews and these are embellished with copious pictures and side links to other interesting topics.  The reviewer works hard to connect these three works to those of ERB, particularly his Tarzan series.  Very good reading in each review.  He also makes a connection between Erwin Rosen’s 1910 account of his joining the Legion (In the Foreign Legion) and P.C. Wren.  The point being that Wren lifted some details straight from Rosen’s account.  Wren never seemed to actually have joined the Foreign Legion so he would not have much reference to draw from for his Foreign Legion novels and short stories.  I somewhat agree with this theory but I’m sure over time that Wren eventually sought out other references, stories and accounts other than Rosen’s to embellish many of his other later works featuring the Foreign Legion.  The alternate theory is that P.C. Wren created his Legion universe at first from what he could borrow from Rosen’s work and then proceeded to build and create his own version/alternate reality of the Foreign Legion that suited him just fine for any and all subsequent writing.  Whatever is the case–my amateur theory is that P.C. Wren is the founding father of the entire French Foreign Legion mythos in popular culture.  Without his novels there would not have been the movie adaptations (Beau Geste 26, 39, 66) or the movies and T.V. shows that tried to cash-in on those adaptations (Beau Ideal, Ten Tall Men, etc.)  or the Legion dime novels or the pulps for that matter.  He really set the ball rolling by introducing a new type of hero (anti-hero?) that was well received by an insatiable audience already saturated with cowboys, detectives and dough boys.    Thanks Percival!

Introduction

Beau Geste

Beau Sabreur

Beau Ideal

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About Jack Wagner

Retired Army.
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