Item description for Allan Quatermain #1: King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard...
Before there was Indiana Jones there was Allan Quartermain: the original explorer, treasure hunter, and adventurer. The Quartermain books have captivated readers for more than a century, spawning more than a dozen movies and a host of imitators. Thrill with Allan as he discovers the mythical King Solomon's Mines and their not-so-mythical curse. These are adventure stories in the grandest tradition.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Jun 19, 2008
Publisher Wilder Publications
ISBN 1934451851 ISBN13 9781934451854
Availability 107 units. Availability accurate as of May 29, 2017 11:39.
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More About H. Rider Haggard
Sir Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925) was a prolific English writer, who published colorful novels set in unknown regions and lost kingdoms of Africa, or some other corner of the world: Iceland, Constantinople, Mexico, Ancient Egypt. Haggard's best-known work is the romantic adventure tale KING SOLOMON'S MINES (1885), which was inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson' s famous Treasure Island.
H. Rider Haggard was born in 1856 and died in 1925.
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The First "Lost World" Sep 6, 2007
H. Rider Haggard started it all in the late 1800's -- the first fantasy adventure that discovers an ancient, isolated civilizataion unknown to the outside world. His book began a new genre imitated by dozens of others -- Rudyard Kipling's The Man Who Would Be King, Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan, William Henry Hudson's Green Mansions, James Hilton's Lost Horizon, and the Indiana Jones movies.
King Solomon's Mines is the first novel to feature the Great White Hunter Alan Quatermain -- a character Haggard used repeatedly after this first success. It was also one of the first novels to be told in the first person singular.
It is not science fiction, but anthropolgical-historical-geographical adventure fantasy. The 1950's movie with Stewart Granger bears little resemblance. The book is occasionally very funny, even slapstick. Some of its themes and tricks seem cliche today, but Haggard was so often imitated that the imitators were the ones who turned Haggard's ideas into cliches. Movies like the Fifth Element and Tomb Raider use Haggard's idea of broken amulets that confer supernatural powers when the pieces are finally reunited. Another device invented by Haggard was the multi-ton secret door of ancient origin with a hidden activator that produces horrifying consequences.
One of Haggard's later works, Heart of the World, about a lost city of the ancient Maya, has many of the same themes and plot lines, but King Solomon's Mines is set in an area that Haggard knew much better, having lived in South Africa and having become so familiar with the Zulu. He was also inspired by his visit to the ruins of the Great Zimbabwe, which hinted at what had been a great, but lost, African civilizaiton.
In summary: Rip-roaring adventure of grand proportions with colorful characters and vivid scenery, done in a grand old style. The first Lost World fantasy.