Getting to Know H. Rider Haggard and King Solomon’s Mines

H. Rider Haggard, was an English writer of adventure novels set in exotic locations, predominantly Africa, and a pioneer of the Lost World literary genre.

Below is our recap of H. Rider Haggard
and King Solomon’s Mines:

After returning to England in 1882, Haggard published a book on the political situation in South Africa, as well as a handful of unsuccessful novels, before writing the book for which he is most famous, King Solomon’s Mines. The book was so successful that the publishing company had trouble printing copies fast enough to meet demand. This week we will hear more about H. Rider Haggard and Kink Solomon’s Mines.sample

“…there is no journey upon this earth that a man may not make if he sets his heart to it.”  ― H. Rider Haggard, King Solomon’s Mines

About King Solomon’s Mines:

smallThe story begins when renowned safari hunter Allan Quatermain agrees to help Sir Henry Curtis and Captain John Good search for King Solomon’s legendary cache of diamonds. Eager to find out what is true, what is myth, and what is really buried in the darkness of the mines, the tireless adventurers delve into the Sahara’s treacherous Veil of Sand, where they stumble upon a mysterious lost tribe of African warriors. Finding themselves in deadly peril from that country’s cruel king and the evil sorceress who conspires behind his throne, the explorers escape, but what they seek could be the most savage trap of all—the forbidden, impenetrable, and spectacular King Solomon’s Mines.

Did You Know?

One of the best-selling novels of the 19th century, King Solomon’s Mines has inspired dozens of adventure stories, including Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Tarzan books and the Indiana Jones movies. Vivid and enormously action-packed, Henry Rider Haggard’s tale of danger and discovery continues to shock and thrill, as it has since it was first presented to the public and heralded as “the most amazing book ever written.”

 Can you answer this trivia?

H. Rider Haggard wrote King Solomon’s Mines as a bet with his brother to write a book better than ……?

A. The Last of the Mohicans          B. Tom Sawyer          C. Treasure Island          D. The Hobbitmoney-1477064_640

The correct answer was C. Treasure Island

H. Rider Haggard talks about an interesting encounter:

haggard“One day I took the manuscript of “King Solomon’s Mines” to be bound by Mr. H. Glaisher the bookseller. In the carriage of the Underground Railway I perceived an old lady engaged in a close, indeed an almost ferocious study of the map (showing the route to King Solomon’s Mine) printed at the beginning of the printed volume which rested on her knees. This was too much for me. Drawing the original map from my pocket, I placed it on my knee — we were seated opposite to each other — and began to study it with like attention. The old lady looked up and saw. She stared first at her map and then at mine, and stared, and stared. Twice she opened her mouth to speak, but I suppose was too shy, nor did I, apparently absorbed in the contemplation of my map, written in blood upon a dirty piece of torn linen, the shirt-tail of Don Jose de Silvestra, give her the slightest encouragement. The end of it was that she seemed to come to the conclusion that that railway carriage in which we were alone together was no place for her. Suddenly, as we were about to leave a station, she sprang up and leapt from the train, at which, the unfolded map still in her hand, she gazed bewildered until it vanished into the tunnel.”

-Chapter 10: The Days of My Life by H. Rider Haggard

Film Adaptations:

There have been a number of  film adaptations of H. Rider Haggard’s adventure novel, ”King Solomon’s Mines”. The best known version premiered in 1950. It was filmed on location in the Republic of Congo and Kenya, along with California. The film tells the story of Allan Quatermain, an experienced hunter and guide in 1897 Kenya, who is reluctantly talked into helping Beth Curtis and her brother search for her husband, who had disappeared in the unexplored interior of Africa on a quest to find the legendary mines.

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