Author Archive

H. Rider Haggard, Author of She

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H. Rider Haggard became one of the most popular fiction novelists of his time. At the peak of his career, he was writing two to three novels a year. Despite his late start,… Continue reading

Haggard’s She and Audience

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At the time of Rider Haggard’s publishing of She, Western Europe had already become transfixed with the still largely unexplored African continent. Colonization was rampant, but Africa was a thing to be coveted,… Continue reading

Why We Love The Mad Scientist

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a precursor to modern commercial fiction. In its day, it was called a “shilling shocker,” which meant that it was an inexpensive and… Continue reading

Lord Byron as the Byronic Template

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Lord Byron had a tenuous pauper to prince upbringing, and gradually became a self-made man. The title he inherited from his great uncle helped him in this endeavor, while his abandonment by his… Continue reading

Wordsworth’s Ode: Pre-Existence and Childhood

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In William Wordsworth’s Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood, the speaker equates the experience of a being a young child with the existence of nature itself. By moving from pre-existent… Continue reading

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