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She series volume 1.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
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xxxviii, 332 pages ; 20 cm.
Green Hills - Adult Fiction
Fiction Haggard
" "The moon went slowly down in loveliness; she departed into the depth of the horizon, and long veil-like shadows crept up the sky through which the stars appeared. Soon, however, they too began to pale before a splendour in the east, and the advent of the dawn declared itself in the newborn blue of heaven. Quieter and yet more quiet grew the sea, quiet as the soft mist that brooded on her bosom, and covered up her troubling, as in our tempestuous life the transitory wreaths of sleep brook upon a pain-racked soul, causing it to forget its sorrow. From the east to the west sped those angels of the Dawn, from sea to sea, from mountain-top to mountain-top, scattering light from breast and wing. On they sped out of the darkness, perfect, glorious; on, over the quiet sea, over the low coast-line, and the swamps beyond, and the mountains above them; over those who slept in peace and those who woke in sorrow; over the evil and the good; over the living and the dead; over the wide world and all that breathes or as breathed thereon." H. Rider Haggard, 'She' "

'She, ' subtitled 'A History of Adventure, ' is a novel by Henry Rider Haggard, first serialised in The Graphic magazine from October 1886 to January 1887. The novel is one of the classics of imaginative literature, and as of 1965 with over 83 million copies sold in 44 different languages, one of the best-selling books of all time.

Extraordinarily popular upon its release, 'She' has never been out of print. According to the literary historian Andrew M. Stauffer, "She has always been Rider Haggard's most popular and influential novel, challenged only by King Solomon's Mines in this regard."

The story is a first-person narrative that follows the journey of Horace Holly and his ward Leo Vincey to a lost kingdom in the African interior. There, they encounter a primitive race of natives and a mysterious white queen, Ayesha, who reigns as the all-powerful "She," or "She-who-must-be-obeyed."

In this work, Rider Haggard developed the conventions of the Lost World sub-genre, which many later authors emulated.

'She' is placed firmly in the imperialist literature of nineteenth-century England, and inspired by Rider Haggard's experiences of South Africa and British colonialism. The story expresses numerous racial and evolutionary conceptions of the late Victorians, especially notions of degeneration and racial decline prominent during the fin de siecle.

In the figure of She, the novel notably explored themes of female authority and feminine behaviour. It has received praise and criticism alike for its representation of womanhood.

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Facsim. reprint. Originally published: London : Longmans, Green, and Co., 1887.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Haggard, H. R. 1., & Karlin, D. (1998). She. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Haggard, H. Rider 1856-1925 and Daniel Karlin. 1998. She. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Haggard, H. Rider 1856-1925 and Daniel Karlin, She. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Haggard, H. Rider 1856-1925., and Daniel Karlin. She. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. Print.

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