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King Solomon's Mines

Second Edition

H. Rider Haggard
Edited by Roger Luckhurst

February 2016

ISBN: 9780198722953

272 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

In Stock

Oxford World's Classics

Price: £7.99

Allan Quatermain leads an expedition in search of a missing man and the fabled King Solomon's mines in deepest Africa. His exciting adventures captivated readers, and this new edition looks at Haggard's own African experiences and colonial attitudes to native tribes and the ravages of the British Empire.

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Allan Quatermain leads an expedition in search of a missing man and the fabled King Solomon's mines in deepest Africa. His exciting adventures captivated readers, and this new edition looks at Haggard's own African experiences and colonial attitudes to native tribes and the ravages of the British Empire.

  • A new edition of Haggard's classic adventure story, an exciting tale of exploration in the mythical African interior, where Allan Quatermain leads his intrepid companions in search of the fabled King Solomon's Mines
  • The first English adventure novel set in Africa, King Solomon's Mines also made popular the Lost World literary genre
  • Roger Luckhurst's introduction explores Haggard's experience of Africa, the romance genre, the context of British interventions in southern Africa and the Zulu Wars, and Haggard's ambivalent Imperial mindset
  • This edition includes 'The Real King Solomon's Mines', Haggard's later article about the book's reputation and the historical basis for his story
  • Includes an up-to-date chronology, select bibliography, and informative notes

New to this edition

  • Introduction by Roger Luckhurst that takes account of the scholarship of the last 25 years, providing a more interesting edition for study. As well as being a popular adventure story, the novel is a fascinating window on to colonial attitudes and myth-making, and Luckhurst explores fully its troubled and ambivalent representation of Empire.
  • New Appendix, 'The Real King Solomon's Mines', Haggard's later article about the book's reputation and the historical basis for his story.
  • Revised Explanatory Notes.
  • Updated Select Bibliography.

About the Author(s)

H. Rider Haggard

Edited by Roger Luckhurst, Birkbeck College, University of London

Roger Luckhurst has written widely on Victorian popular fiction, science fiction and Gothic literature. He has edited Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Stoker's Dracula, and an anthology of Late Victorian Gothic Tales for Oxford World's Classics, and an edition of H. P. Lovecraft's Classic Horror Stories. His books include The Mummy's Curse: The True History of a Dark Fantasy (Oxford, 2012).

Reviews

"My grandfather used to tell me about King Solomon's Mines; how he repeatedly gave up on the book before he was"

"eventually won over by this tale of Allan Quatermain, a hunter who leads an expedition in search of a vanished English explorer in the African jungle ... And my grandfather was right: the narrative has all the unstoppable momentum of a charging rhinoceros." - David Evans, Independent on Sunday