|Mr. History - Notes towards a theatre of memory||
Henry Rider Haggard by George Charles Beresford, 1902
His dad thought him only 'fit to be a greengrocer'. Thanks to the influence of the well-connected next-door neighbour, Haggard's dad got him a decent job in Natal, in Africa. When the girl Haggard loved married someone else, he gave everything up and became an ostrich farmer, changing this for the robes of a barrister once he had a family of his own. But he yearned to give law up for writing, convinced he could write stuff better than Treasure Island. King's Solomon's Mines and She were so successful, he never had to work again, and when not writing was a gentleman farmer, before later becoming an independent advisor to the government. As disillusioned as he became with the British empire, his authoritarian manner had him continuously raging against Jews, Bolsheviks, communists, trade unionists, the Irish, Indian nationalists.
Ditchingham House, Norfolk
As soon as he had the money, Haggard evicted the former tenants a,d spent the rest of his writing life living here. The bay window on the right of the house was his writing studio.