Tuesday, 25 October 2011

King Solomon's mines Book

File-KingSolomonsMinesFirstEdition.jpgKing Solomon's Mines (1885) is a popular novel by the Victorian adventure writer and fabulist SirH. Rider Haggard. It tells of a search of an unexplored region of Africa by a group of adventurers led by Allan Quatermain for the missing brother of one of the party. It is the first English adventure novel set in Africa, and is considered to be the genesis of the Lost World literary genre.

The book was first published in September 1885 amid considerable fanfare, with billboards and posters around London announcing "The Most Amazing Book Ever Written". It became an immediate best seller. By the late 19th century, explorers were uncovering ancient civilisationsaround the world, such as Egypt's Valley of the Kings, and the empire of Assyria. Inner Africa remained largely unexplored and King Solomon's Mines, the first novel of African adventure published in English, captured the public's imagination. It is now classified as children's literature but was originally read by adults.

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