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George Alfred Henty The Story of an Active Life   By: (1831-1909)

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George Alfred Henty: The Story of an Active Life, written by George Manville Fenn, is a captivating biography that delves into the life of one of the most prolific authors of children's adventure novels in the late 19th century. Fenn provides readers with an intimate glimpse into Henty's personal and professional journey, leaving no stone unturned.

In this book, Fenn skillfully navigates through Henty's early years, starting from his childhood in Norfolk, England. From an early age, Henty displayed a remarkable curiosity and passion for adventure, which would become the bedrock of his writing career. Fenn paints a vivid picture of Henty's formative years, detailing his experiences at school and his unyielding desire to explore the world beyond his small village.

As Henty embarks on numerous thrilling expeditions, Fenn highlights the relentless determination and ingenuity that characterized Henty's writing. Henty's time spent as a war correspondent during the Crimean War and later as a special correspondent in the Italian War provide rich material for Fenn to delve into, allowing readers to witness firsthand the experiences that informed Henty's works. Fenn's meticulous research and attention to detail bring these historical events to life, making it a truly immersive reading experience.

Furthermore, Fenn examines the personal struggles Henty faced throughout his life, providing a balanced portrayal of a man who, despite his literary success, faced numerous setbacks and challenges. From financial difficulties to health issues, Henty's resilience and tenacity shine through as he navigates both personal and professional hardships, ultimately emerging triumphant.

What truly sets this biography apart is Fenn's writing style, which seamlessly weaves together historical events, personal anecdotes, and literary analysis. Fenn's prose is engaging, making even the more technical aspects of Henty's life accessible to readers of all backgrounds. Through his storytelling prowess, Fenn ensures that this biography is not merely a chronological account of events but an immersive and compelling narrative.

While this biography primarily focuses on Henty's life, Fenn also analyzes the impact and legacy of Henty's work in the realm of children's literature. From his meticulous attention to historical accuracy and his emphasis on moral values to his empowering depictions of young protagonists, Henty's novels continue to inspire and entertain generations of readers. Fenn's exploration of this aspect adds an additional layer of depth to the biography, offering valuable insights for both fans of Henty's work and scholars of children's literature.

In conclusion, George Alfred Henty: The Story of an Active Life is a meticulously researched and engaging biography that brings to life the extraordinary journey of an iconic author. Fenn's passionate and thorough exploration of Henty's life, coupled with his insightful analysis of Henty's literary contributions, make this biography a must-read for anyone interested in the life and works of one of the Victorian era's most beloved adventure writers.

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George Alfred Henty The Story of an Active Life By George Manville Fenn Illustrations by Photographs Published by Blackie and Son Limited, London. George Alfred Henty, by George Manville Fenn.



G.A. Henty occupied so large a place in the hearts of boys that, when his active life all too soon came to a close, it seemed desirable that those readers whom he had entertained for so many years should have an opportunity of knowing something more of the man himself than was contained in his books. Every writer, consciously or unconsciously, reveals himself in his work, but nevertheless it cannot fail to be interesting to boys to read of the actual experiences of the sturdy war correspondent those experiences which furnished him with many a vivid background for his romances. It was at once the fascination and the value of his tales that, while nominally fiction, they were built up on a solid substratum of fact. When the present writer, however, was asked to undertake this memoir of his old and valued friend, he was confronted with a grave difficulty. Of few men of George Henty's eminence is less known about their private lives... Continue reading book >>

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