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'The Curse of Capistrano' is a 1919 story by Johnston McCulley and the first work to feature the fictional Californio character Zorro ('zorro' is the Spanish word for fox). It would be later published as a novella in 1924 under the title 'The Mark of Zorro'.

Publication history

Before being published in novella form, 'The Curse of Capistrano' appeared as five serialized installments in the pulp magazine 'All-Story Weekly'.'All-Story Weekly' vol. 100 #2 (August 9, 1919) - vol. 101 #2 (September 6, 1919)

After the enormous success of the 1920 film adaptation, 'The Mark of Zorro', the story was republished under that name by Grosset & Dunlap.


The book tells of the story of Californio Don Diego VegaZorro in the company of his deaf and mute servant Bernardo and his lover Lolita Pulido, as they rival the antagonists Captain Ramon and Sgt. Gonzales in early 19th-century California, before it became a U.S. state (see Alta California). It is set amongst the historic Spanish missions in California, pueblos (towns) such as San Juan Capistrano, California, and the rural California countryside (see also ranchos of California).

See also

*Category: Mexican California (1823 - 1846)

**Category: Californios

*List of Ranchos of California

**Category: California ranchos

*Category: Fictional characters from California

**Category: California in fiction



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