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Le Chapelet Rouge (The Red Rosary)
By Patrick Benson
Copyright 2001 Patrick Benson
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Letter from Patrick Benson to Frank Sisco about doing an English translation of "Le Chapelet Rouge," (The Red Rosary)

Dear Frank:
I unearthed this copy of a translation I made with the intention of circulating it among publishers who might be interested in purchasing a complete translation.
As you see it is only the Prologue of a novel called Le Chapelet Rouge - "The Red Rosary". When I submitted it, I included the corresponding pages of the French original so that my translating skills might be judged. No takers but, I'll admit, I didn't try very hard.
My reason for sending it to you was more or less a follow-up to a phone discussion of several weeks ago. I could, I'm thinking, send you a chapter every few weeks which you publish on "Senior Musings", and allow viewers to download. (Stephen King is doing the same thing with a novel he's serialized. Only he specifies that readers who download should send him a payment. I forget how much for each segment.)
This novel is an old one written about 1935, as I remember, in a somewhat dated style. But I found it interesting nonetheless because it contains a puzzle - something like John Dickson Carr locked-room murder mysteries. The author is Maurice Leblanc who wrote the Arsene Lupin stories which were turned into plays as well as movies.
I don't know how to proceed without getting permission to publish a translation, or even if that is necessary. Ordinarily, I believe, a publisher's legal people would arrange that.
This novel is not an Arsene Lupin story, and is written in a very straight forward style quite different from Leblanc's picaresque style in the Lupin novels. I must add that, of the twenty or so books that Leblanc wrote, only five or so have not been translated into English and Red Rosary is one of those. Why? I don't know.
Well, let me know what you think, and also what other people may think.
Best regards to you and Lorrie and Kelly,
Pat B.