H. Rider Haggard Biography
Birthday: June 22, 1856 (Cancer)
Born In: Bradenham, England
H. Rider Haggard (Sir Henry Rider Haggard) was an English novelist, best known for his African adventure novel, ‘King Solomon’s Mines’. Born to a Norfolk barrister, he was deprived of the gentlemen’s education given to his other brothers because of his perceived dullness; but was educated at Ipswich Grammar School. At the age of nineteen, he began his career at the behest of his father as an unpaid aid to Lieutenant-Governor of the Colony of Natal, remaining in Africa for the next six years. The experience he acquired during this period would later have profound impact on his writing career. A prolific writer of immense energy, he continued to write almost till the very end, leaving behind numerous novels, short stories and non-fiction for us to cherish. A practical agriculturist, he served on several government commissions concerning agriculture throughout the British Empire, being appointed a Knight Bachelor and Knight Commander for his contribution in this field.