H. R. Haggard was a fabulist and most of the novels written by him were sold in very large numbers. “She” is considered one of the classics of imaginative literature. More than 100 million copies of the book have been sold up to date, in 44 different languages.
It is said to be one of the best-selling books of all time. Right after its publication, the book began to gain popularity, which has never gone down. The book has never been out of print.
It is often said that “She” has always been Rider Haggard’s most popular and influential novel. Its popularity was only matched by Haggard’s other novel “King Solomon’s Mines.”
A first person narrative has been used to tell the story. Horace Holly and is ward Leo Vincey embark on a journey to a lost kingdom in the African unexplored regions.
During their journey, they come across a primitive race of natives and a mysterious white queen, Ayesha. The queen is regarded as the all powerful “She” and she reigns. According to the natives, “She” means “She who must be obeyed.”
Rider Haggard was the first to develop the conventions of the Lost World sub genre which was later emulated by the future authors.