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Subject: Jewett & Haggard - 2 classic authors you don't see much about
Date Posted: 12/11/2008 6:41 PM ET
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Does anyone else enjoy Sarah Orne Jewett or H. Rider Haggard?

Jewett is very similar to Willa Cather in many ways (they were friends I believe). I really love all her books but her Country of the Pointed Firs has to be on my list of all time favorite books, and it is probably my favorite classic novel. Many of her books are pretty hard to find.

I just love Haggard as well, although the two authors certainly have nothing in common! She, King Solomon's Mines, and Allan Quatermain are fairly well known, but his other books are great as well. Most of them are, like Jewett's, pretty hard to find, but I got lucky enough to attend a university that had complete sets of both of their works and I read through almost all of them in my time there. I think Haggard's adventure novels are actually what got me started reading the travel memoir genre.

Date Posted: 12/14/2008 1:36 PM ET
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Hi!  I like Haggard.  I read King Solomon's Mines on Project Gutenberg during downtime at work a few years ago.  I've also read She.  I like a lot of 19th century adventure stuff, and how it ties into British Imperialism.

Date Posted: 12/14/2008 1:55 PM ET
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She has been on my TBR forever  . . . . thanks for reminding me to move it closer to the top.

Date Posted: 12/14/2008 6:26 PM ET
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Some of those "second echelon" writers were pretty darned good, weren't they?  While I would put Haggard in that category, I think I'd keep Jewett above it, on the strength of The Country of the Pointed Firs.    Talking about Haggard made me remember an item I read some years ago about how some university English department somewhere included in its literature offerings a class in "Second-Rate Fiction Writers".  Well, I believe in being candid about things . . .it turns out they meant writers such as Edgar Rice Burroughs, Zane Grey, R. Rider Haggard, Frank Yerby, etc.  When I was a teen, dependent on the branch library for reading material, I discovered one such writer, Edison Marshall, who became a favorite for a while.  He wrote those romantic adventures in exotic places novels, too, as did Haggard.  Thanks for the memory nudge . .