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Published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston Henty once related in an interview how his storytelling skills grew out of tales told after dinner to his children. He wrote his first children's book, Out on the Pampas in , naming the book's main characters after his children. The book was published by Griffith and Farran in November with a title page date of While most of the books he wrote were for children, he also wrote adult novels, non-fiction such as The March to Magdala and Those Other Animals , short stories for the likes of The Boy's Own Paper and edited the Union Jack , a weekly boy's magazine.
His children's novels typically revolved around a boy or young man living in troubled times. Henty's heroes — which occasionally included young ladies — are uniformly intelligent, courageous, honest and resourceful with plenty of 'pluck' yet are also modest. Henty usually researched his novels by ordering several books on the subject he was writing on from libraries, and consulting them before beginning writing.
Henty is buried in Brompton Cemetery , London. Henty's commercial popularity encouraged other writers to try writing juvenile adventure stories in his style; " Herbert Strang ", Henry Everett McNeil , Percy F.
Westerman and Captain Frederick Sadleir Brereton all wrote novels in "the Henty tradition", often incorporating then-contemporary themes such as aviation and First World War combat. The Henty series was part of F. Scott Fitzgerald 's boyhood reading. Henty wrote works of historical fiction and all first editions had the date printed at the foot of the title page.
The dates given below are those printed at the foot of the title page of the very first editions in the United Kingdom. It is a common misconception that American Henty titles were published before those of the UK. All Henty titles bar one were published in the UK before those of America. The simple explanation for this error of judgement is that Charles Scribner's Sons of New York dated their Henty first editions for the current year.
The first UK editions published by Blackie were always dated for the coming year, to have them looking fresh for Christmas. This title was published in book form in the UK in , although the story itself had already been published in England prior to the first American edition, in The Boy's Own Annual. One such publisher and major modern advocate of Henty is the American scientist, homeschool curriculum publisher, and one-time political candidate Arthur B.
Robinson , who promotes the use of Henty's books as a supplement to his self-teaching homeschool curriculum. Even during his lifetime, Henty's work was contentious; some Victorian writers accused Henty's novels of being xenophobic towards non-British people and objected to his glorification of British imperialism  in such books as True to the Old Flag which supports the Loyalist side in the American War of Independence ,  and In the Reign of Terror and No Surrender!
Henty's novel With Lee in Virginia has a protagonist who fights on the side of the "aristocratic" Confederacy against the Union. Henty's popularity amongst homeschoolers is not without controversy. McDorman states Henty disliked blacks and also, in Henty's fiction, that " Boers and Jews were considered equally ignoble". Goodenough, an entomologist remarks to the hero:.
They [Negroes] are just like children They are always either laughing or quarrelling. They are good-natured and passionate, indolent, but will work hard for a time; clever up to a certain point, densely stupid beyond. The intelligence of an average negro is about equal to that of a European child of ten years old.
They are fluent talkers, but their ideas are borrowed. They are absolutely without originality, absolutely without inventive power.
Living among white men, their imitative faculties enable them to attain a considerable amount of civilization. Left alone to their own devices they retrograde into a state little above their native savagery . In the Preface to his novel A Roving Commission Henty claims "the condition of the negroes in Hayti has fallen to the level of that of the savage African tribes" and argues "unless some strong white power should occupy the island and enforce law and order" this situation will not change.
In the novel Facing Death: A Tale of the Coal Mines Henty comes down against strikes and has the working class hero of the novel, Jack Simpson, quell a strike among coal miners. A review by Deirdre H. In , on the bookjacket for Captain Bayley's Heir , The Times of London writes that Henty's character in With Lee in Virginia, "bravely proving his sympathy with the slaves of brutal masters" and escapes through "the devotion of a black servant and of a runaway slave whom he had assisted". The reviewer recommends the book.
There is one known instance of a book title by Henty having been filmed, along with nine audio theater productions by Heirloom Audio  in their series "The Extraordinary Adventures of G. It's historical fiction, yet there's very little fiction. Who had the guts, the belief in God's sovereignty? I want to tell the stories that young people think, 'I could imagine doing something like that. There was a time in our country we really had big dreams, thought we could do big things. For some reason, we don't talk like that, take risks like that. It's amazing.
William Wallace was a real person, had real struggles of his own. He had hopes and dreams and ambitions, struggles like anyone else, doubts and flaws. Directed by Ray Taylor.
Cinematography by Frank Redman. Twelve episodes two reels each :  "A Treacherous Friend," released 15 April From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.