H. Rider Haggard She
(Longman, 1887)

  The Novel

Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925) recalled that She was written at 'white heat' early in 1886, during a particularly prolific period inspired by vivid memories of his life in Africa as a young man. Serialisation in The Graphic was followed by publication as a 6 shilling volume - according to its author, 'the first or one of the first novels that was published in that form'. Within three months sales had reached 30,000 copies, persuading Haggard (who was to become a fierce critic of the circulating libraries) to abandon the conventional three-volume form for all but one of his future novels.