Rider Haggard and the Zulus (5912 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay


In July 1877, a month after his 21st birthday, Rider Haggard’s “A Zulu War Dance”, appeared in The Gentleman’s Magazine in London. This was his first published piece of writing. The piece was ethnographic in nature, but the subject matter would frequently recur in imaginative form in the African romances that made his reputation. Five years later, Haggard’s first published book was the personally subsidised Cetewayo and His White Neighbours (1882), an account of the last Zulu king whose demise he would depict imaginatively 25 years later in Finished (1917), the final volume of a trilogy of novels spanning the fifty-year history of …

Citation: Pierce, Peter. "Rider Haggard and the Zulus". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 June 2018 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19526, accessed 01 August 2021.]

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