Fun Facts Friday: H. Rider Haggard

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H. Rider Haggard (22 June, 1856 – 14 May, 1925) was a British writer, mostly known for his adventure novels.

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  1. Henry Rider Haggard was the eight of ten children born to Sir William Meybohm Rider Haggard, a barrister, and Ella Doveton, an author and poet.
  2. The female protagonist of She, Ayesh, has been cited by many psychoanalysts including Signumd Freud and Cal Jung.
  3. His “Lost World” genre has been known to influence many American pulp writers such as Rudyard Kipling, HP Lovercraft, Lee Falk, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Arthur Conan Doyle.
  4. King Solomon’s Mines was written as part of a five-shilling bet Mr. haggard had with his brother. The bet was that he couldn’t write a novel half as good as Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.
  5. It took six months to find a publisher for King Solomon’s Mines, since the book was seen as a novelty. It turned out to be the year’s best seller.
  6. Indiana Jones is thought to have been inspired by Hagard’s Alan Quartermain, protagonist of King Solomon’s Mines and its sequel.
  7. Haggard was involved in agriculture reform which eventually led to the passage of the 1909 Development Bill.
  8. In 1895 Mr. Haggard ran for Parliament as a Conservative, he lost by 197 votes.
  9. In 1912 Mr. Haggard was appointed Knight Bachelor, and in 1919 as Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
  10. Rider, British Columbia is named after the author.

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