H. Rider Haggard

Easton Press H. Rider Haggard books

She - Masterpieces of Science Fiction - 1992

H. Rider Haggard Classics - 2005 - 6 volume set including the following titles:
Allan Quartermain
Allan's Wife
Child of Storm
King Solomon's Mines
Maiwa's Revenge

Henry Rider Haggard biography

Sir Henry Rider Haggard, commonly known as H. Rider Haggard, was born on June 22, 1856, in Bradenham, Norfolk, England, and passed away on May 14, 1925. He was a prolific English writer, best known for his adventure novels set in exotic locations, often featuring elements of fantasy and the supernatural. He was the sixth son of a lawyer. In 1875 his father procured for him the post of junior secretary to the Governor of Natal; spending six years in South Africa, he remained fascinated by the country's landscape, wildlife and tribal societies for the rest of his life. Haggard's works were immensely popular during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, contributing significantly to the adventure fiction genre.

Haggard's most famous work is King Solomon's Mines, published in 1885, shortly after had passed the bar, proving so successful that he was able to move back to Norfolk to concentrate on his writing. This novel introduced readers to the character Allan Quatermain, an experienced and rugged African adventurer. King Solomon's Mines is considered one of the earliest examples of the lost world literary subgenre, where characters embark on perilous journeys to discover hidden, mysterious civilizations. Continuing the adventures of Allan Quatermain, Haggard wrote several sequels, including Allan Quatermain (1887) and She (1887), the latter being another one of his most acclaimed works. "She" tells the story of a lost African kingdom ruled by a powerful and immortal queen, Ayesha, or "She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed." The novel explores themes of immortality, love, and the clash of civilizations.

Haggard's fascination with Africa, fueled by his experiences working in the British colonial service, is evident in many of his works. He drew inspiration from his travels and encounters with different cultures to create vivid and captivating settings for his adventure tales. In addition to his adventure novels, H. Rider Haggard wrote a diverse range of works, including historical fiction, short stories, and non-fiction. He was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1912 in recognition of his literary contributions and services to the British Empire.

Haggard's storytelling style, blending adventure, romance, and elements of the supernatural, captivated readers of his time and continues to attract fans of classic literature. While some aspects of his work have faced criticism for reflecting certain colonial attitudes, Haggard's impact on the adventure fiction genre remains significant, and his stories continue to be studied and enjoyed for their imaginative and immersive qualities. His stories, situated at the lighter end of Victorian literature, continue to be popular and influential.

She - A History of Adventure - Ayesha series book 1

A runaway bestseller on its publication in 1887, H. Rider Haggard’s She is a Victorian thrill ride of a novel, featuring a lost African kingdom ruled by a mysterious, implacable queen; ferocious wildlife and yawning abysses; and an eerie love story that spans two thousand years. She has bewitched readers from Freud and Jung to C. S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien to Margaret Atwood.

On his twenty-fifth birthday, Leo Vincey opens the silver casket that his father has left to him. It contains a letter recounting the legend of a white sorceress who rules an African tribe and of his father’s quest to find this remote race. To find out for himself if the story is true, Leo and his companions set sail for Zanzibar. There, he is brought face to face with Ayesha, She-who-must-be-obeyed: dictator, femme fatale, tyrant and beauty. She has been waiting for centuries for the true descendant of Kallikrates, her murdered lover, to arrive, and arrive he does in an unexpected form. Blending breathtaking adventure with a brooding sense of mystery and menace, She is a story of romance, exploration discovery and heroism that has lost none of its power to enthrall.

King Solomon's Mines - Allan Quartermain series book 1

H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines has entertained generations of readers since its first publication in 1885. Following a mysterious map of dubious reliability, a small group of men trek into southern Africa in search of a lost friend-and a lost treasure, the fabled mines of King Solomon. Led by the English adventurer and fortune hunter Allan Quartermain, they discover a frozen corpse, survive untold dangers in remote mountains and deserts, and encounter the merciless King Twala en route to the legendary hoard of diamonds.

King Solomon's Mines tells of the search by Sir Henry Curtis, Captain John Good and the narrator, Allan Quatermain, for Sir Henry's younger brother George. He has been lost in the interior of Africa for two years in his quest for King Solomon's Mines, the legendary source of the biblical king's enormous riches. The three companions encounter fearful hardships, fierce warriors, mortal danger and the sinister and deadly witch Gagool.

It is the first English adventure novel set in Africa, and is considered to be the genesis of the Lost World literary genre.

Allan Quartermain - Allan Quartermain series book 2

Allan Quartermain is a sequel to the famous novel King Solomon's Mines. Quatermain has lost his only son and longs to get back into the wilderness. Having persuaded Sir Henry Curtis, Captain John Good, and the Zulu chief Umbopa to accompany him, they set out from the coast of east Africa, this time in search of a white race reputed to live north of Mount Kenya. They survive fierce encounters with Masai warriors, undergo a terrifying subterranean journey, and discover a lost civilization before being caught up in a passionate love-triangle that engulfs the country in a ferocious civil war. This novel is based on author's own experience in the African continent. Their perilous journey takes them to Zu-Vendis, a kingdom ruled by the beautiful twin sisters, Nyleptha and Sorais.

Allan Quatermain, big-game hunter and explorer, has recently lost his son, Harry, to smallpox and is ready to get away from civilization. Rather than continue to wallow in grief surrounded by his trophies and guns in England, he instead chooses adventure and journeys to eastern Africa with his friends, Sir Henry Curtis and Capt. John Good.
With Zulu chief Umslopogaas accompanying them, they head to uncharted territory in search of the Zu-Vendis, a race of white-skinned people rumored to be isolated from the other tribes of Africa and ruled by two beautiful sister queens. There, the travelers confront angry Zu-Vendi priests who admonish the men for killing their sacred hippopotamuses and Curtis unwittingly becomes part of a tumultuous love triangle with the sister queens.
Soon, the party of adventurers finds themselves embroiled in a civil war. Each queen is now vying for the throne, but only one faction will win and not everyone will survive.

Maiwa's Revenge; Or, The War of the Little Hand - Allan Quartermain series book 3

Maiwa’s Revenge is a short novel by English writer H. Rider Haggard about the hunter Allan Quatermain. The story involves Quatermain going on a hunting expedition, and then taking part in an attack on a native kraal to rescue a captured English hunter and avenge Maiwa, an African princess whose baby has been killed. Quatermain leads his team into battle, which is intense and brutal, but Quatermain’s expertise and bravery prove invaluable as they emerge victorious. With the English hunter rescued and Maiwa’s honour restored, Quatermain and his team return home as heroes, their names forever etched in African folklore as fearless warriors who fought for justice and honour.

Allan's Wife - Allan Quartermain series book 4

The forth novel in H. Rider Haggard's celebrated Allan Quatermain series, this book tells more stories of Quartermain's time in South Africa presenting his observations about two dueling witch doctors, his father's death, and, eventually, the fate of his wife, Stella.

Marie - Allan Quartermain series book 5

This story of love and honor recounts the romance and brief marriage of childhood sweethearts Quatermain and Marie Marais. In addition to near constant persecution for his English blood by his Boer companions, Allan endeavors to outwit the murderous Zulu King Dingaan while overcoming the treachery of Marie's cousin and rival suitor Hernando Pereira. Events in this novel are based in part on the Great Trek (1830s-40s) of the Boers from the British controlled Cape Colony to the northern and eastern parts of South Africa. Haggard dedicated Marie to Sir Henry Bulwer, the Lieutenant-Governor of Natal from 1875 to 1880, and a man for whom in 1875 he was appointed secretary.

Child of Storm - Allan Quartermain series book 6

Adventurer Allan Quatermain helps his Zulu friend Saduko win 100 cattle to buy his true love Mameena ("Child of Storm"). The mysterious Mameena, however, has other ideas she wants to marry Allan Quatermain. This publication from Boomer Books is specially designed and typeset for comfortable reading.

Embark on an epic journey into the heart of colonial Africa with Child of Storm, a gripping adventure by renowned author Henry Rider Haggard. Set against the backdrop of a tumultuous era, this masterfully crafted tale follows the intrepid Allan Quatermain and his son Harry as they navigate treacherous landscapes, political intrigues, and uncharted territories.

Amidst the sweeping savannahs and towering mountains, a saga unfolds that intertwines fate, courage, and destiny. Allan Quatermain, a seasoned explorer, finds himself drawn into a web of mysteries that span cultures and generations. As he grapples with hidden secrets and unforeseen challenges, his relationship with his son is tested in ways he could never have imagined.

Haggard's evocative prose paints a vivid picture of colonial Africa, where danger lurks around every corner and ancient civilizations hold timeless secrets. Uncover lost cities, encounter enigmatic tribes, and witness the clash of civilizations as you journey alongside Quatermain and his son.

Child of Storm is a riveting blend of historical fiction, action, and intrigue that will transport you to a bygone era. If you crave tales of bravery, exploration, and the indomitable spirit of adventurers, this gripping novel is a must-read. Prepare to be enthralled by Haggard's masterful storytelling as you traverse uncharted territories and uncover the mysteries that lie within the heart of the storm.

Immerse yourself in the pages of Child of Storm and experience a thrilling expedition that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. Buy your copy today and embark on a journey that will ignite your imagination and awaken the spirit of adventure within you.

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