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Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Thief

Real Name

Arsène Lupin

First Appearance

Je Sais Tout No. 6 (July 15, 1905)

Original Publisher

Pierre Lafitte

Created by

Maurice Leblanc


Arsène Lupin was a gentleman thief who enjoyed participating in criminal activities, but generally did not resort to violence and usually targeted worse criminals than himself.

A master of his craft, Arsène later matched wits with Sherlock Holmes himself (though Holmes would appear under pseudonyms such as Herlock Sholmes or Holmlock Shears due to a cease and desist from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to Leblanc.) Later still, he was made a member of Sherlock's Society of Infallable Detectives.

PD Literary Appearances

  • Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar (1907 coll., 9 stories) (AKA Exploits of Arsène Lupin, Extraordinary Adventures of Arsène Lupin)
  • Arsene Lupin vs. Herlock Sholmes (1908 coll., 2 stories) (AKA The Blonde Lady)
  • The Hollow Needle (1909)
  • 813 (1910)
  • The Crystal Stopper (1912)
  • The Confessions of Arsene Lupin (1913 coll., 9 stories)
  • The Shell Shard (1916) (AKA: Woman of Mystery)
  • The Golden Triangle (1918) (AKA: The Return of Arsène Lupin)
  • The Island of Thirty Coffins aka The Secret of Sarek (1919)
  • The Teeth Of The Tiger (1921)
  • The Eight Strokes of The Clock (1923)
  • The Countess of Cagliostro (1924)
  • The Damsel With Green Eyes (1927)
  • The Barnett & Co. Agency (1928)
  • The Mysterious Mansion (1929)
  • The Mystery of The Green Ruby (1931)
  • The Woman With Two Smiles (1933)
  • Victor of the Vice Squad (1933)
  • The Revenge of The Countess of Cagliostro (1935)
  • The Billions of Arsene Lupin (1939)


  • Maurice Leblanc died in 1941 and French copyright law is life of the author + 70 years, making all his work PD as of January 1, 2012.

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