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Sir Henry Rider Haggard (1856 - 1925), known as 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. He was also involved in agricultural reform throughout the British Empire. His stories, situated at the lighter end of Victorian literature, continue to be popular and influential.
'I think,' I said in a low voice so that none might overhear, 'that his heart is as black as his brow; that he has grown wicked with jealousy and hate and will do you evil.'
'Can a man grow wicked, Ana? Is he not as he was born till the end? I do not know, nor do you...'
-from "Chapter III: Userti"
His works are not as well remembered as those of the writers he influenced, including Edgar Rice Burroughs, but the fantastical adventure novels of H. Rider Haggard laid the foundation for the popular fiction of the 20th century: Indiana Jones himself may owe his birth to Haggard's Allan Quatermain.
Moon of Israel, one of Haggard's last works, was first published in book form in 1918. A beautiful and gracious retelling of the beloved Bible story of the Exodus, told through the eyes of the scribe Ana, it is a classic of historical fantasy that will thrill everyone from Biblical scholars to fans of pulp adventure.
British writer SIR HENRY RIDER HAGGARD (1856-1925) is best known for his novels King Solomon's Mines (1885) and Allan Quatermain (1887).