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Lifetime: 1856 - 1925 Passed: ≈ 99 years ago


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H. Rider Haggard

Sir Henry Rider Haggard (22 June 1856 – 14 May 1925) was an English writer of adventure fiction set in exotic locations, predominantly Africa, and a pioneer of the lost world literary genre. He was also involved in agricultural reform throughout the British Empire. His stories, situated at the lighter end of Victorian literature, continue to be popular and influential.

Henry Rider Haggard, generally known as H. Rider Haggard or Rider Haggard, was born at Bradenham, Norfolk, the eighth of ten children, to Sir William Meybohm Rider Haggard, a barrister, and Ella Doveton, an author and poet. His father was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, to British parents. Haggard was initially sent to Garsington Rectory in Oxfordshire to study under Reverend H. J. Graham, but unlike his elder brothers who graduated from various private schools, he attended Ipswich Grammar School. This was because his father, who perhaps regarded him as somebody who was not going to amount to much, could no longer afford to maintain his expensive private education. After failing his army entrance exam, he was sent to a private crammer in London to prepare for the entrance exam for the British Foreign Office, which he never sat. During his two years in London he came into contact with people interested in the study of psychical phenomena.

Haggard died on 14 May 1925 in Marylebone, London aged 68. His ashes were buried at St Mary's Church, Ditchingham. His papers are held at the Norfolk Record Office.

Books by H. Rider Haggard

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King Solomon's Mines

Adventure Novel
Lost World Desert Travelling

King Solomon’s Mines is the story of the leader Allan Quatermain and his adventurous group of followers on their mission to find the lost brother of an aristocrat, Sir Henry Curtis. Considered similar to Robert Louise Stevenson’s novel Treasure Islan...

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Allan Quatermain

Adventure Fiction Novel
Love Death Kidnapping Travel

“An Adventurer – He that goes out to meet whatever may come!” This is the credo of Allan Quatermain, the quintessential, swashbuckling protagonist of Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard. Quatermain first makes his appearance as a character in Haggar...

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Heart of the World

Adventure Novel
Fortune Lost City

Heart of the World is an 1895 book by H. Rider Haggard about a lost Mayan city in Mexico. Its importance in the history of fantasy literature was recognized by its republication by the Newcastle Publishing Company as the tenth volume of the Newcastle...

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Romance Adventure Novel

She, subtitled A History of Adventure, is a novel by the English writer H. Rider Haggard, published in book form in 1887 following serialisation in The Graphic magazine between October 1886 and January 1887. She was extraordinarily popular upon its r...

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Romance Novel
Marriage Love

Beatrice is a lonely twenty-two year old woman. After saving Geoffrey's life, they fall in love. However, Geoffrey is married. In addition, a local rich land owner wants to marry the beautiful Beatrice. This is a romance by the author of King Solomon...

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The Brethren

Fiction Novel
Arabian Culture Cursades

The Brethren is a 1904 historical novel by H. Rider Haggard set during the Third Crusade. The Brethren features Saladin and the Assassins as characters.

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Pearl Maiden

Romance Fiction
Love Christian Literature

Pearl-Maiden: A Tale of the Fall of Jerusalem is a novel by H Rider Haggard.This is the story of Miriam, an orphan Christian woman living in Rome in the first century. She falls in love with a Roman officer, but knows that her Jewish childhood playma...

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Allan's Wife

Adventure Action Fiction
Love History Romance Civilization Life Classics Sketches

We begin with young (age 9-ish) Allan at home in England meeting young Stella; then, Stella's mother abandons her husband (more than a whiff of scandal), leaving him a broken man who decamps with his daughter for Africa with the intention of living a...

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The Ivory Child

Adventure Novel
War Spirit Priest Action Evil God

Quatermain visits Lord Randall, two foreigners come asking for Macumazana—that is, asking for Allan Quatermain by the name he used among the Africans. The two visitors are Harut and Marut, priests and doctors of the White Kendah People and they have...

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Black Heart and White Heart

Adventure Action
hunt Culture Ghost Story Heritage Courtship

Black Heart and White Heart, is a story of the courtship, trials and final union of a pair of Zulu lovers in the time of King Cetywayo.

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Allan and the Holy Flower

hunt Mystery Action Wildlife

Further adventures of Allan Quatermain. This is one of the 14 books that H. Rider Haggard wrote - starting with "King Solomon's Mines" - depicting the adventures of Allan Quatermain, great English hunter in the wilds of mysterious Africa.

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Fiction Novel
Murder Love Escape Action Adventure Culture Reflection Evil Heritage Ethics

The setting for this novel is the Boer War in South Africa in 1880. This novel is interesting and exciting on several levels: there are complicated love entanglements, evil Machiavellian treachery, political reflection having to do with the ethics of...

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The Ghost Kings

Adventure Novel
Action Rescue Exploration Fantastic Fiction

It is set in Africa and features elements of supernatural fiction, as well as the author's signature themes of adventure and exploration. "The Ghost Kings" is a novel written by H. Rider Haggard, a British author who was popular in the late 19th and...

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History Religion Adventure Ancient Thriller Journey political Life

It tells the story of the legendary Queen of Carthage, Elissa, also known as Dido, and her journey from Phoenicia to North Africa, where she founded the city of Carthage. In "Elissa," Haggard brings the myth of Dido to life, weaving a rich and engag...

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Maiwa's Revenge; Or, The War of the Little Hand

Adventure Novel
Power Action Fortune Culture Society political Conflict Responsibility

It tells the story of a young Englishman named Frank Muller, who travels to Africa to seek his fortune but finds himself caught up in a dangerous conflict between two warring tribes. The novel takes readers on a gripping journey through the rugged l...

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Wisdom's Daughter

Adventure Novel
Love Battle Fight Action Kingdom Romance Courage Evil

It follows the story of a young woman named Merapi. She is the daughter of the pharaoh's high priest and is beloved by all who know her. When a powerful sorcerer threatens the kingdom, Merapi must use her wits and courage to save her people. Haggard...

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Joan Haste

Adventure Fiction Novel
Love Thriller Village Courage Self-Discovery Social Class Challenges Determination Historical Empowerment Bravery Rural Storytelling

It is an enthralling novel that takes young readers on a thrilling journey of love, bravery, and self-discovery. Which was published in 1895. Set in the late 19th century, "Joan Haste" follows the eponymous heroine, a spirited and determined young gi...

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Queen Sheba's Ring

Adventure Novel
Friend History Mystery Ancient Thriller Courage Exploration Secret Fascinating Queen Africa Fiction

It is a classic adventure novel that takes readers on a thrilling journey to Africa. Published in 1909, the book follows the story of a young man named Holly who inherits a mysterious ring that once belonged to the legendary Queen of Sheba. With the...

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Allan's Wife and Other Tales

Adventure Action Fiction
Love Romance Thriller Literature Exploration Suspense Betrayal Danger Twists Plotting Africa

Step into the captivating world of adventure and intrigue with "Allan's Wife and Other Tales" by H. Rider Haggard. Will Allan Quatermain's journey lead him to lost civilizations, forbidden love, or untold dangers? Let the pages of this timeless class...

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The Mahatma and the Hare: A Dream Story

Dream Mystery Adventure Space Discovery Perception Imagination Existence

The book transports readers into a world of enigmatic dreams and profound symbolism. Within this captivating tale, a chance encounter with a mystic sets the stage for a transformative journey that blurs the boundaries between the conscious and the su...

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The Wanderer's Necklace

Adventure Novel
Action Kingdom Egypt Ancient Historical Fiction Challenges Journey Fantasy Danger Motivation

Embark on a thrilling journey through the sands of time in The Wanderer's Necklace by the acclaimed author H. Rider Haggard. Set against the backdrop of a vividly rendered ancient world, this enthralling tale combines adventure, romance, and intrigue...

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Stella Fregelius

Fiction Novel
Love Power Fear Romance Success Childhood Determination Dark Past Mysterious

In a remote Cornish village, a young inventor falls in love with a beautiful stranger, but their relationship is complicated by her mysterious past. "Stella Fregelius" is a novel by H. Rider Haggard that tells the story of Morris Monk, a young inven...

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Tale of Three Lions

Taking place in the heart of Africa, “The Tale of Three Lions” is one more thrilling adventure from the eventful life of old hunter Quatermain, the famous hero of “King Solomons Mines”. This time, though there are no bloodthirsty people for the old h...

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Ayesha, the Return of She

Ayesha, the return of She, is set 16 years after the previous novel She. Horace Holly and Leo Vincey have spent the years travelling the world looking for Ayesha, along the way they experience many adventures, including avalanches, glaciers and even...

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