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Henry Rider Haggard


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Sir Henry Rider Haggard was born on the 22nd of June, 1856, in Bradenham, Norfolk. He became a writer of adventure novels set in exotic locations, predominantly Africa, and the creator of the Lost World literary genre. His stories, situated at the lighter end of the scale of Victorian literature, continue to be popular and influential. He was also involved in agricultural reform and improvement in the British Empire.

His breakout novel was King Solomon's Mines (1885), which was to be the first in a series telling of the multitudinous adventures of its protagonist, Allan Quatermain.

Haggard was made a Knight Bachelor in 1912 and a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1919. He stood unsuccessfully for Parliament as a Conservative candidate for the Eastern division of Norfolk in 1895. He died on 14 May 1925 at age 68. [Source]

Author's Comment:

"Adventurer" – He that goes out to meet whatever may come. Well, that is what we all do in the world one way or another. [Source]

Nationality: British
Series by this author:

Allan Quatermain (Ages 12+)
Ayesha (Ages 12+)