In this weeks episode I’m going to be discussing a story that has had a huge influence on pulp and popular literature. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard. The novel was first published in September 1885. Haggard wrote King Solomon’s Mines following a bet with his brother. The wager was whether or not Haggard could write a novel half as good as Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.
According to wikipedia it took him between six and sixteen weeks to complete the novel between January and April 21st 1885. The book had a hard time finding a publisher, it was overlooked as a novelty. When it saw print, it became the year’s best seller, and proved difficult to keep in print given the great demand for copies.
King Solomon’s Mines stars Allan Quatermain. A character that has seen a bit of a resurgence in the last ten years.
King Solomon’s Mines eBook: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2166
King Solomon’s Mines Audiobook: https://librivox.org/king-solomons-mines-by-haggard/
The Works of H. Rider Haggard on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/480919408707583/
The Rider Haggard Society on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/theriderhaggardsociety
The Rider Haggard Society: http://riderhaggardsociety.org.uk/
King Solomon’s Mines @ Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Solomon%27s_Mines