A Hero of the Times: “The Saint” in Leslie Charteris’s The Misfortunes of Mr. Teal

Ted Beardow


In The Misfortunes of Mr. Teal (1934), Leslie Charteris’s upper-class vigilante, “The Saint,” is heroic in vanquishing criminals of the English upper class, reflecting major ideologies of the time. A conservative, non-revolutionary hero, he cleanses and revalidates that class in its leadership role rather than seeking to remove it.


hero; vigilante; upper class; war; ideology

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