H. Rider Haggard (22 June, 1856 – 14 May, 1925) was a British writer, mostly known for his adventure novels.
Fun Facts about H. Rider Haggard:
- 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.
- The female protagonist of She, Ayesh, has been cited by many psychoanalysts including Signumd Freud and Carl Jung.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Indiana Jones is thought to have been inspired by Hagard’s Alan Quartermain, protagonist of King Solomon’s Mines and its sequel.
- Haggard was involved in agriculture reform which eventually led to the passage of the 1909 Development Bill.
- In 1895 Mr. Haggard ran for Parliament as a Conservative, he lost by 197 votes.
- In 1912 Mr. Haggard was appointed Knight Bachelor, and in 1919 as Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
- Rider, British Columbia is named after the author.
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