When it appeared in 1887, H. Rider Haggard's She caused a
sensation and became one of the best-selling novels of the
nineteenth century. The idea of a powerful woman endowed with
immortal beauty and penetrating intellect ruling a savage people
among the ruins of a vanished civilization in the heart of Africa
captivated Victorian readers. Freud recommended the book to his
patients. Jung equated its imaginative power with Dante's Inferno
and Wagner's Ring. Continuing to fascinate later twentieth-century
readers, the book has never been out of print and has won new
audiences through numerous film versions.
This is the first annotated edition of She. Locating the novel
within the context of late-Victorian fiction and British
imperialism, Norman Etherington provides biographical information
regarding Haggard and elucidates references in the text of this
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