King Solomon's Mines

Henry Rider Haggard


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King Solomon’s Mines, first published in 1885, was a best-selling novel by the Victorian adventure writer H. Rider Haggard. It relates a journey into the heart of Africa by a group of adventurers led by Allan Quatermain in search of the legendary wealth said to be concealed in the mines of the novel’s title. It is significant as the first fictional adventure novel set in Africa, and is considered the genesis of the Lost World literary genre. - Haggard wrote over 50 books, among which were 14 novels starring Allan Quatermain.


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 Chapter 1 - I Meet Sir Henry Curtis

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 Chapter 2 - Legend of Solomon’s Mines

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 Chapter 3 - Umbopa Enters Our Service

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 Chapter 4 - An Elephant Hunt

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 Chapter 5 - Our March Into the Desert

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 Chapter 6 - Water! Water!

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 Chapter 7 - Solomon’s Road

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 Chapter 8 - We Enter Kukuanaland

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 Chapter 9 - Twala the King

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 Chapter 10 - The Witch-Hunt

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 Chapter 11 - We Give a Sign

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 Chapter 12 - Before the Battle

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 Chapter 13 - The Attack

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 Chapter 14 - Last Stand of the Greys

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 Chapter 15 - Good Falls Sick

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 Chapter 16 - The Place of Death

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 Chapter 17 - Solomon’s Treasure Chamber

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 Chapter 18 - We Abandon Hope

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 Chapter 19 - Ignosi’s Farewell

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 Chapter 20 - Found


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Henry Rider Haggard

Henry Rider Haggard was born in West Bradenham Hall, Norfolk, as the eigth son of William Haggard, a barrister and a country squire, and Ella (Doventon) Haggard, an amateur writer. In his childhood, the young Henry Rider was seen as the family dunce by his father. Haggard was not sent to a good public school like his brothers, but he was educated at a London day-school, although privately, and Ipswich Grammar School. After failing the army entrance, Haggard went in 1875 to Natal as a secretary to Sir Henry Bulwer, Governor of Natal colony. In 1877 he joined the staff of the special commissioner. Next year he became Master and Registrar of the High Court in the Transvaal. During his years in Africa, Haggard got acquainted with the Zulu culture. Especially he admired the individual prowess of their warriors.

After Haggard returned to England, he married in 1880 a Norfolk heiress, Mariana Louisa Margitson. They moved to Transvaal to Haggard's ostrich farm. When Transvaal had to be ceded to the Dutch, they went back to England, where Haggard continued his law studies. The death of his son in 1891 was a deep blow for him. Haggard was admitted to the bar in 1884, but showed little interest in practicing his profession. After retiring to a Norfolk country house, Haggard devoted himself into writing.

In 1895 Haggard stood unsuccessfully for parliament for East Norfolk. Between the years 1912 and 1917 he travelled extensively as a member of the Dominions Royal Commission. Haggard was knighted in 1912. In 1919 he was created Knight Commander of the British Empire. Haggard died in London, on May 14, 1925. He left behind four completed novels.



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