The Legacy of H. Rider Haggard

Henry Rider Haggard died in 1925 on this date at the age of 68. It’s a crime his name is not better known, even though his inventive imagination spawned many famous works and characters.

My tribute to this founder of modern-day adventure and fantasy fiction is featured in the latest guest post over at DMR Books. Its title is one I think Haggard would like: “Keep Calm and Swashbuckle On: The Legacy of H. Rider Haggard

H. Rider Haggard died ninety-six years ago, but his impact on speculative fiction remains substantial. Not only did he inspire authors such as Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft, and Edgar Rice Burroughs, but the example he set for aspiring writers all over the world is one we can still look to for inspiration.

And his stories still have the power to enchant and transport. If you haven’t experienced his classic tales, this is the perfect time to check them out.

8 thoughts on “The Legacy of H. Rider Haggard”

  1. I remember as a child reading his novels, and they even did some British pictures in 1965, I remember She, with Ursula Andrews, and the famous now a cliché phrase: “She who must be obeyed.” 😊

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      1. They used that phrase routinely on the wife of Horace, Hilda in the show of Rumpole of the Bailey. Privately referred to by Rumpole as “She Who Must Be Obeyed”

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  2. A great post. I love King Solomon’s Mines and She. Rider Haggard lived in Ditchingham which was very close to my mom’s childhood home. They used to play on the public path above his home. Lilias Haggard edited a book called The Rabbit Skin Cap and I have a first edition copy of that book.

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