H. Rider Haggard (Henry) (1856-1925)

Death: 14th May 1925
Location: St Mary's Church, Ditchingham, Norfolk, England
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English writer of adventure novels. He was born, the eighth of ten children, in Norfolk and studied at Ipswich Grammar School. His father sent him to Africa to work as an assistant to the secretary of the Lieutenant-Governor of Natal. He made a career for himself in Africa before returning to England to marry a friend of his sister, Louisa Margitson. The couple returned to Africa where they had four children before returning to England to settle in Norfolk.
He studied law and was called to the bar in 1884, but much of his time was taken up with writing novels. His creation of his character Allan Quatermain was influenced greatly by some of the larger-than-life individuals he met in colonial Africa. His most famous works are King Solomon's Mines and She.