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She by H. Rider Haggard
Book DescriptionDrawing on his fascination with African lore and his love of adventure to create a seminal work of fantasy, H. Rider Haggard's "She" is edited with an introduction by Patrick Brantlinger in "Penguin Classics". 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 enthral. Patrick Brantlinger's introduction discusses H. Rider Haggard's experience of Empire, and how he took the Africa of fantasies and wove its magic into "She". This edition also includes further reading and explanatory notes. Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925) was born in Bradenham, Norfolk, 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 first novel "King Solomon's Mines" was 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. If you enjoyed "She", you might like John Buchan's "The Thirty-Nine Steps", also available in "Penguin Classics". "It is full of hidden meaning...the eternal feminine, the immortality of our emotions". (Sigmund Freud).
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140437638
(198mm x 129mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 22-Feb-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author H. Rider Haggard
King Solomon's Mines, Paperback (February 2016)
Allan Quatermain leads an expedition in search of a missing man and the fabled King Solomon's mines in deepest Africa. His exciting adventures captivated readers, and this new edition looks at Haggard's own African experiences and colonial attitudes to native tribes and the ravages of the British Empire.
Cleopatra, Paperback (July 2013)
H. Rider Haggard's story of the life of the great Egyptian Queen. Classics Illustrated tells this wonderful tale in colourful comic strip form, providing an excellent introduction for younger readers. Also includes theme discussions and study questions.
Ayesha: The Return of She, Paperback (May 2013)
Ayesha is back in H. Rider Haggard's thrilling sequel to She, bursting with adventure, desire and revenge.
She and Allan, Paperback (May 2013)» View all books by H. Rider Haggard
She-who-must-be-obeyed and adventurer Allan Quartermain come face to face in this epic fantasy adventure that will capture the imagination.
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Author Biography - H. Rider Haggard
H. Rider Haggard (1856-1925) worked in South Africa during the time of Britian's war with the Zulus and the First Boer War. He turned these experiences into fiction on his return to England and achieved popular and critical acclaim with KING SOLOMON'S MINES (1885), ALLAN QUATERMAIN (1887) and SHE (1887). Patrick Brantlinger is Professor of English at Indiana University, Illinois. He has published work on British literature and imperialism in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
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