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Lifetime: 1818 - 1883 Passed: ≈ 140 years ago





Thomas Mayne Reid

Thomas Mayne Reid was a 19th-century Irish-American writer known for his adventure novels, which were popular with both children and adults. He was born on April 4th, 1818 in Ballyroney, County Down, Ireland. His family later moved to Scotland and then to America, where they settled in New York City.

Reid had a lifelong love of adventure and exploration, which is reflected in his writing. He spent much of his early adulthood traveling and working as a journalist in various parts of the world, including the United States, England, and Mexico. His experiences in these places provided him with inspiration for many of his novels, which often feature exotic locations and daring escapades.

Reid's principles were grounded in his belief in the power of the individual to overcome adversity and achieve greatness. He was a proponent of self-reliance and hard work, and his characters often embody these qualities. He was also a passionate advocate for social justice and equality, and his writing frequently addresses issues of race and class.

Reid was famous for his adventure novels, which were widely read and admired during his lifetime. His most notable works include "The Rifle Rangers," "The Scalp Hunters," and "The Headless Horseman." These books were known for their vivid descriptions of the American West and their fast-paced, action-packed plots.

In addition to his novels, Reid also wrote extensively on topics such as travel, history, and politics. He was a prolific author, producing dozens of books and articles over the course of his career.

Reid's philosophy can be summed up in his belief in the power of the individual to shape their own destiny. He was a firm believer in the idea that anyone, regardless of their background or circumstances, could achieve greatness through hard work and determination.

Thomas Mayne Reid died on October 22, 1883, in London, England. He is remembered today as one of the most influential adventure novelists of the 19th century. His work continues to inspire readers around the world, and his legacy lives on through the many books and stories he left behind.

One interesting fact about Reid is that he was a close friend of fellow writer Edgar Allan Poe. The two men corresponded regularly and admired each other's work. Poe even dedicated his own adventure novel, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket," to Reid.

Books by Thomas Mayne Reid

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The Maroon

Adventure Fiction Novel
Slavery Young Escape Action Ship Thriller Pirates Freedom Island

The story follows the adventures of a young man named Redwood, who becomes stranded on a remote island after his ship is attacked by pirates. He soon discovers that the island is home to a community of escaped slaves, known as maroons, who are fighti...

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Ran Away to Sea

Adventure Action Fiction Novel
Ship Sea Thriller Courage Exploration Challenges Nautical Determination Historical Resilience Danger Hardship

Restless and yearning for a life of adventure beyond the idyllic countryside, Frank takes a daring leap of fate, running away to the unpredictable embrace of the boundless ocean. As the creaking ship carries him away from familiarity, Frank finds hi...

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The Wild Huntress

Adventure Fiction Novel
Action Travelling Revenge Society Journey Desire Wilderness Secret

In the wilds of America, a beautiful woman with a dark secret is on the hunt. Her name is Marian Holt, and she is a skilled hunter and tracker. She is also a member of a secret society of women who have sworn to avenge the wrongs done to them by men...

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The Cliff Climbers

Adventure Fiction
Action Expedition Courage Hope Perception Wild West Wilderness Wits Shadow

In the heart of the Himalayas, where towering peaks pierce the sky and treacherous cliffs guard hidden valleys, a group of intrepid adventurers finds themselves trapped. Karl and Caspar, two young plant hunters, accompanied by their loyal guide Ossar...

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Scalp Hunters

"Unroll the world’s map, and look upon the great northern continent of America. Away to the wild west, away toward the setting sun, away beyond many a far meridian, let your eyes wander. Rest them where golden rivers rise among peaks that carry the e...

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Headless Horseman - A Strange Tale of Texas

The horse is perfect in all its parts—a splendid steed, saddled, bridled, and otherwise completely caparisoned. In it there appears nothing amiss—nothing to produce either wonder or alarm. But the man—the rider? Ah! About him there is something to ca...

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Gwen Wynn - A Romance of the Wye

Gwendoline Wynn, our heroine, is an orphan-heiress who lives on the river Wye. She will live with aunt until she comes of age and her money. Vivian Ryecroft, our hero and a captain in the Hussars, is on a leave of absence in Herefordshire, salmon fis...

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Ocean Waifs

"The “vulture of the sea,” borne upon broad wing, and wandering over the wide Atlantic, suddenly suspends his flight to look down upon an object that has attracted his attention. It is a raft, with a disc not much larger than a dining-table, constru...

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Death Shot

Long time since this hand hath penned a preface. Now only to say, that this romance, as originally published, was written when the author was suffering severe affliction, both physically and mentally—the result of a gun-wound that brought him as near...

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No Quarter!

There is no page in England’s history so bright, nor of which Englishmen have such reason to be proud, as that covering the period between 1640 and 1650. This glorious decade was ushered in by the election of the “Long Parliament,” and I challenge th...

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War Trail

"Land of the nopal and maguey—home of Moctezuma and Malinché!—I cannot wring thy memories from my heart! Years may roll on, hand wax weak, and heart grow old, but never till both are cold can I forget thee! I would not; for thee would I remember. Not...

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Osceola the Seminole

The brief but heroic struggle of the celebrated Chief, Osceola, forms the groundwork of a narrative which is equal, if not superior, to any of Mr Reid’s former productions; and while the reader’s patriotism cannot fail to be gratified at the result,...