The People of the Mist


The People of the Mist

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author = The People of the Mist
illustrator = Arthur Layard
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country = United Kingdom
language = English
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genre = Fantasy novel
publisher = Longmans
release_date = 1894
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media_type = Print (Hardback)
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"The People of the Mist" is a classic lost race fantasy novel written by H. Rider Haggard. It was first published serially in the magazine "Tit-Bits Weekly" from December, 1893 through August, 1894; the first book edition was published in London by Longmans in October, 1894.

Its importance was recognized in its later revival in paperback by Ballantine Books as the sixty-third volume of the celebrated "Ballantine Adult Fantasy series" in December, 1973.

Plot introduction

"The People of the Mist" is the tale of a British adventurer seeking wealth in the wilds of Africa, finding romance, and discovering a lost race and its monstrous god.

Plot summary

Penniless Leonard Outram attempts to redress the undeserved loss of his family estates and fiancee by seeking his fortune in Africa. In the course of his adventures he and his Zulu companion Otter save a young Portuguese woman, Juanna Rodd, together with her nursemaid Soa, from slavery. Leonard and Juanna are plainly attracted to each other, but prone to bickering, and their romance is impeded by the watchful and jealous Soa. The protagonists seek the legendary People of the Mist, said to possess a fabulous hoard of jewels. Finding them, they immediately become embroiled in the turbulent political affairs of the lost race, which is riven by a power-struggle between the monarch and the priesthood of its giant crocodile god. The heroic Leonard can do little more than react to events. The action climaxes in a hair-raising escape by toboggan down a steep glacier.

References

*cite web
last = Salmonson
first = Jessica Amanda
authorlink = Jessica Amanda Salmonson
title = An Annotated Bibliography of H. Rider Haggard's Fantasies in 1st Editions, Alphabetically Arranged
url = http://www.violetbooks.com/haggard-bib.html
accessdate = 2007-04-23

External links

*gutenberg|no=6769


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