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About the Author: H. Rider Haggard

Sir Henry Rider Haggard was an English writer of adventure novels set in exotic locations, predominantly Africa, and the creator of the Lost World literary genre. His stories, situated at the lighter end of the scale of Victorian literature, continue to be popular and influential. He was also involved in agricultural reform and improvement in the British Empire.

His breakout novel was King Solomon's Mines (1885), which was to be the first in a series telling of the multitudinous adventures of its protagonist, Allan Quatermain.

Haggard was made a Knight Bachelor in 1912 and a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1919. He stood unsuccessfully for Parliament as a Conservative candidate for the Eastern division of Norfolk in 1895. The locality of Rider, British Columbia, was named in his memory.


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Paperback, Published in Apr 2007 by Aegypan

ISBN10: 1603121722 | ISBN13: 9781603121729

H. Rider Haggard was an English author known for his fantastic adventure stories as well as his sympathetic portrayal of native peoples. He is best known for creating the fictional character Allan Quartermain. A character that has been resurrected as a comic book hero in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Sean Connery played the role of Allan Quartermain in the film adaptation of the comic. The Pearl Maiden is considered a companion piece to Moon of Israel: A Tale of the Exodus. Miriam is a Christian during a time when the Romans are feeding Christians to the lions. She is brought up by the Essenes for her parents died before she was a year old. There, she hides from the Romans, learning what the Essenes taught her in language and in arts. It turns out that she has a great talent for sculpture. And when a Roman named Marcus comes to investigate a murder in the Essenes' village, Miriam creates a sculpture of him as a gift. It is because they have a great affection for each other. Unfortunately, Marcus is a pagan, which means that Miriam cannot marry him. Amongst plots to overthrow Rome, assassinations, and revolt, will their love survive it all? And can they overcome their differences to live happily ever after?

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