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Batman Forever


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Friends, Though Divided


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Jack Archer


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Saint George For England

The Boy Knight


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The Golden Canyon


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The Lion Of The North


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Winning His Spurs


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G. A. Henty

Born December 8, 1832
Cambridge, England
Died November 16, 1902
Weymouth, Dorset, England

George Alfred Henty (December 8, 1832 - November 16, 1902), commonly referred to as G. A. Henty, was a prolific British novelist, war correspondent, and Imperialist born in Trumpington, England. He is best known for his historical adventure stories that were popular in the late 19th century. His most famous works include The Young Buglers (1880), With Clive in India (1884) and Wulf the Saxon (1895).

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Biography

G.A. Henty was born in Trumpington, near Cambridge. He was a sickly child who had to spend long periods in bed. During his frequent illnesses he became an avid reader and developed a wide range of interests which he carried into adulthood. He attended Westminster School, London and later Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he was a keen sportsman. He left the university early without completing his degree to volunteer for the Army Hospital Commissariat when the Crimean War began. He was sent to the Crimea and while there he witnessed the appalling conditions under which the British soldier had to fight. His letters home were filled with vivid descriptions of what he saw. His father was impressed by his letters and sent them to The Morning Advertiser newspaper which printed them. This initial writing success was a factor in Henty's later decision to accept the offer to become a Special Correspondent, the early name for writers now better known as War Correspondents.

Shortly before resigning from the army as a captain in 1859 he married Elizabeth Finucane. The couple had four children. Elizabeth died in 1865 after a long illness and shortly after her death Henty began writing articles for the Standard newspaper. In 1866 the newspaper sent him as their Special Correspondent to report on the Austro-Italian War where he met Giuseppe Garibaldi. He went on to cover the 1868 British punitive expedition to Abyssinia, the Franco-Prussian War, the Ashanti War, the Carlist Rebellion in Spain and the Turco-Serbian War. He also witnessed the opening of the Suez Canal and traveled to Palestine, Russia and India.

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 1868, naming the book's main characters after his children. The book was published by Griffith and Farran in November 1870 with a title page date of 1871. While most of the 122 books he wrote were for children, he also wrote adult novels, non-fiction such as The March to Magdala, short stories for the likes of The Boy's Own Paper and edited the Union Jack, a weekly boys magazine.

His children's novels typically revolved around a boy or young man living in troubled times. These ranged from the Punic War to more recent conflicts such as the Napoleonic Wars or the American Civil War. Henty’s heroes -- which rarely included young ladies -- are uniformly intelligent, courageous, honest and resourceful with plenty of 'pluck' yet are also modest. These virtues have made Henty's novels popular today among many Christians and Home Schoolers.

On November 16, 1902, Henty died aboard his yacht in Weymouth Harbour shortly before he finished his last novel, By Conduct and Courage., which was completed by his son Captain C.G. Henty.

Bibliography

Henty wrote 122 works of historical fiction.[citation needed] 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 besides one were published in the UK before those of America. The simple explanation for this error is that Charles Scribner's Sons of New York dated their Henty first editions for the current year. The first UK editions were always dated for the coming year, to have them looking fresh for Christmas. The only Henty title published in book form in America before the UK book was In the Hands of the Cave-Dwellers dated 1900 and published by Harper of New York. This title was published in book form in the UK in 1905, although the story itself had already been published in England prior to the first American edition, in The Boy's Own Annual.

Alphabetical order

The following are some of Henty's titles in alphabetical order, with British dates of publication:

  • All But Lost Vol. Volumes I, II and III, 1869
  • At Aboukir and Acre, A Story of Napoleon's Invasion of Egypt, 1899
  • At Agincourt, A Tale of the White Hoods of Paris, 1897
  • At the Point of the Bayonet, A Tale of the Mahratta War, 1902
  • Beric the Briton, A Story of the Roman Invasion, 1893
  • Bonnie Prince Charlie, A Tale of Fontenoy and Culloden, 1888
  • Both Sides the Border, A Tale of Hotspur and Glendower, 1899
  • The Brahmin's Treasure, 1900 (American title for Colonel Thorndyke's Secret.)
  • Bravest of the Brave, With Peterborough in Spain, 1887
  • By Conduct and Courage, A Story of Nelson's Days, 1905
  • By England's Aid, The Freeing of the Netherlands, 1585 - 1604, 1891
  • By Pike and Dyke, A Tale of the Rise of the Dutch Republic, 1890
  • By Right of Conquest, With Cortez in Mexico, 1891
  • By Sheer Pluck, A Tale of the Ashanti War, 1884
  • Captain Bayley's Heir, A Tale of the Gold Fields of California, 1889
  • Cat of Bubastes, A Tale of Ancient Egypt, 1889
  • Chapter of Adventures, Through the Bombardment of Alexandria, 1891
  • Colonel Thorndyke's Secret 1898 (American title: The Brahmin's Treasure.)
  • Condemned as a Nihilist, A Story of Escape from Siberia, 1893
  • Cornet of Horse, A Tale of Marlborough's Wars, 1881
  • Curse of Carne's Hold, A Tale of Adventure, 1889
  • Dash For Khartoum, A Tale of the Nile Expedition, 1892
  • Dorothy's Double, The Story of a Great Deception, 1894
  • Dragon and the Raven, The Days of King Alfred, 1886
  • Facing Death, The Hero of the Vaughan Pit - A Tale of the Coal Mines, 1882
  • Final Reckoning, A Tale of Bush Life in Australia, 1887
  • For Name and Fame, To Cabul with Roberts, 1886
  • For the Temple, A Tale of the Fall of Jerusalem, 1888
  • Friends Though Divided, A Tale of the Civil War, 1883
  • Gabriel Allen M.P., 1888
  • Held Fast for England, A Tale of the Siege of Gibraltar (1779 - 83), 1892
  • Hidden Foe, 1891
  • In Freedom's Cause, A Story of Wallace and Bruce, 1885
  • In Greek Waters, A Story of the Grecian War of Independence (1821 - 1827), 1893
  • In the Hands of the Cave Dwellers, 1900
  • In the Hands of the Malays, 1905
  • In the Heart of the Rockies, A Story of Adventure in Colorado, 1895
  • In the Irish Brigade, A Tale of War in Flanders and Spain, 1901
  • In the Reign of Terror, The Adventures of a Westminster Boy, 1888
  • In Times of Peril, A Tale of India, 1881
  • Jack Archer, A Tale of the Crimea, 1883
  • Jacobite Exile, A, An Englishman in the Service of Charles XII, 1894
  • John Hawke's Fortune, A Story of Monmouth's Rebellion, 1901
  • Knight of the White Cross, A Tale of the Siege of Rhodes, 1896
  • Lion of St. Mark, A Story of Venice in the Fourteenth Century, 1889
  • Lion of the North, A Tale of Gustavus Adolphus and the Wars of Religion, 1886
  • Lost Heir, 1899
  • Maori and Settler, A Tale of the New Zealand War, 1891
  • March on London, Being a Story of Wat Tyler's Insurrection, 1898
  • March to Coomassie, 1874
  • March to Magdala, 1868
  • No Surrender! A Tale of the Rising in La Vendée, 1900
  • On the Irrawaddy, A Story of the First Burmese War, 1897
  • One of the 28th, A Tale of Waterloo, 1890
  • Orange and Green, A Tale of the Boyne and Limerick, 1888
  • Out on the Pampas, The Young Settlers, 1871
  • Out With Garibaldi, A Story of the Liberation of Italy, 1901
  • Plague Ship, undated
  • Queen Victoria, Scenes from her Life and Reign, 1901
  • Queen's Cup, A Novel, 1897
  • Ranche in the Valley, 1892
  • Redskin and Cowboy, A Tale of the Western Plains, 1892
  • Roving Commission, Through the Black Insurrection of Hayti, 1900
  • Rujub, the Juggler, 1893
  • Search for a Secret, 1867
  • Sovereign Reader, Scenes from the Life and Reign of Queen Victoria, 1887
  • Saint Bartholomew's Eve, A Tale of the Huguenot Wars, 1894
  • St.George For England, A Tale of Cressy and Poitiers, 1885
  • Sturdy and Strong, How George Andrews Made His Way, 1888
  • Those Other Animals, (1891)
  • Through Russian Snows, A Story of Napoleon's Retreat from Moscow, 1896
  • Through the Fray, A Tale of the Luddite Riots, 1886
  • Through the Sikh War, A Tale of the Conquest of the Punjab, 1894
  • Through Three Campaigns, A Story of Chitral, Tirah, and Ashantee, 1904
  • Tiger of Mysore, A Story of the War with Tippoo Saib, 1896
  • To Herat and Cabul, A Story of the First Afghan War, 1902
  • Treasure of the Incas, A Tale of Adventure in Peru, 1903
  • True to the Old Flag, A Tale of the American War of Independence, 1885
  • Under Drake's Flag, A Tale of the Spanish Main, 1883
  • Under Wellington's Command, A Tale of the Peninsular War, 1899
  • When London Burned, A Story of Restoration Times and the Great Fire, 1895
  • Winning His Spurs, A Tale of the Crusades, 1882
aka Boy Knight
  • With Buller in Natal, A Born Leader, 1901
  • With Clive in India, The Beginnings of an Empire, 1884
  • With Cochrane the Dauntless, A Tale of the Exploits of Lord Cochrane, 1897
  • With Frederick The Great, A Tale of the Seven Years War, 1898
  • With Kitchener in the Soudan, A Story of Atbara and Omdurman, 1903
  • With Lee in Virginia, A Story of the American Civil War, 1890
  • With Moore at Corunna, 1898
  • With Roberts to Pretoria, A Tale of the South African War, 1902
  • With the Allies to Pekin, A Story of the Relief of the Legations, 1904
  • With the British Legion, A Story of the Carlist Wars, 1903
  • With Wolfe in Canada, The Winning of a Continent, 1887
  • Woman of the Commune, A Tale of Two Sieges of Paris, 1895
aka Cuthbert Hartington
aka A Girl of the Commune
aka Two Sieges
aka Two Sieges of Paris
  • Won by the Sword, A Story of the Thirty Years War, 1900
  • Wulf The Saxon, A Story of the Norman Conquest, 1895
  • Young Buglers, A Tale of the Peninsular War, 1880
  • Young Carthaginian, A Story of the Times of Hannibal, 1887
  • Young Colonists, A Tale of the Zulu and Boer Wars, 1885
  • Young Franco-Tireurs and Their Adventure in the Franco-Prussian War, 1872
  • Young Midshipman, (American title of 'A Chapter of Adventures') undated

Order of publication

  • Plague Ship, undated

1860s

  • Search for a Secret, 1867
  • March to Magdala, 1868
  • All But Lost Vol. Volumes I, II and III, 1869

1870s

  • Out on the Pampas, The Young Settlers, 1871
  • Young Franco-Tireurs and Their Adventure in the Franco-Prussian War, 1872
  • March to Coomassie, 1874

1880s

  • Young Buglers, A Tale of the Peninsular War, 1880

1881
  • Cornet of Horse, A Tale of Marlborough's Wars, 1881
  • In Times of Peril, A Tale of India, 1881

1882
  • Facing Death, The Hero of the Vaughan Pit - A Tale of the Coal Mines, 1882
  • Winning His Spurs, A Tale of the Crusades, 1882

1883
  • Friends Though Divided, A Tale of the Civil War, 1883
  • Jack Archer, A Tale of the Crimea, 1883
  • Under Drake's Flag, A Tale of the Spanish Main, 1883

1884
  • By Sheer Pluck, A Tale of the Ashanti War, 1884
  • With Clive in India, The Beginnings of an Empire, 1884

1885
  • In Freedom's Cause, A Story of Wallace and Bruce, 1885
  • St.George For England, A Tale of Cressy and Poitiers, 1885
  • True to the Old Flag, A Tale of the American War of Independence, 1885
  • Young Colonists, A Tale of the Zulu and Boer Wars, 1885

1886
  • Dragon and the Raven, The Days of King Alfred, 1886
  • For Name and Fame, To Cabul with Roberts, 1886
  • Lion of the North, A Tale of Gustavus Adolphus and the Wars of Religion, 1886
  • Through the Fray, A Tale of the Luddite Riots, 1886

1887
  • Bravest of the Brave, With Peterborough in Spain, 1887
  • Final Reckoning, A Tale of Bush Life in Australia, 1887
  • Sovereign Reader, Scenes from the Life and Reign of Queen Victoria, 1887
  • With Wolfe in Canada, The Winning of a Continent, 1887
  • Young Carthaginian, A Story of the Times of Hannibal, 1887

1888
  • Bonnie Prince Charlie, A Tale of Fontenoy and Culloden, 1888
  • For the Temple, A Tale of the Fall of Jerusalem, 1888
  • Gabriel Allen M.P., 1888
  • In the Reign of Terror, The Adventures of a Westminster Boy, 1888
  • Orange and Green, A Tale of the Boyne and Limerick, 1888
  • Sturdy and Strong, How George Andrews Made His Way, 1888

1889
  • Captain Bayley's Heir, A Tale of the Gold Fields of California, 1889
  • Cat of Bubastes, A Tale of Ancient Egypt, 1889
  • Curse of Carne's Hold, A Tale of Adventure, 1889
  • Lion of St. Mark, A Story of Venice in the Fourteenth Century, 1889

1890s

1890
  • By Pike and Dyke, A Tale of the Rise of the Dutch Republic, 1890
  • One of the 28th, A Tale of Waterloo, 1890
  • With Lee in Virginia, A Story of the American Civil War, 1890

1892
  • By England's Aid, The Freeing of the Netherlands, 1585 - 1604, 1891
  • By Right of Conquest, With Cortez in Mexico, 1891
  • Chapter of Adventures, Through the Bombardment of Alexandria, 1891
  • Hidden Foe, 1891
  • Maori and Settler, A Tale of the New Zealand War, 1891
  • Those Other Animals, (1891)

1892
  • Dash For Khartoum, A Tale of the Nile Expedition, 1892
  • Held Fast for England, A Tale of the Siege of Gibraltar (1779 - 83), 1892
  • Ranche in the Valley, 1892
  • Redskin and Cowboy, A Tale of the Western Plains, 1892

1893
  • Beric the Briton, A Story of the Roman Invasion, 1893
  • Condemned as a Nihilist, A Story of Escape from Siberia, 1893
  • In Greek Waters, A Story of the Grecian War of Independence (1821 - 1827), 1893
  • Rujub, the Juggler, 1893

1894
  • Dorothy's Double, The Story of a Great Deception, 1894
  • Jacobite Exile, A, An Englishman in the Service of Charles XII, 1894
  • Saint Bartholomew's Eve, A Tale of the Huguenot Wars, 1894
  • Through the Sikh War, A Tale of the Conquest of the Punjab, 1894

1895
  • In the Heart of the Rockies, A Story of Adventure in Colorado, 1895
  • When London Burned, A Story of Restoration Times and the Great Fire, 1895
  • Woman of the Commune, A Tale of Two Sieges of Paris, 1895
  • Wulf The Saxon, A Story of the Norman Conquest, 1895

1896
  • Knight of the White Cross, A Tale of the Siege of Rhodes, 1896
  • Through Russian Snows, A Story of Napoleon's Retreat from Moscow, 1896
  • Tiger of Mysore, A Story of the War with Tippoo Saib, 1896

1897
  • At Agincourt, A Tale of the White Hoods of Paris, 1897
  • On the Irrawaddy, A Story of the First Burmese War, 1897
  • Queen's Cup, A Novel, 1897
  • With Cochrane the Dauntless, A Tale of the Exploits of Lord Cochrane, 1897

1898
  • Colonel Thorndyke's Secret 1898
  • March on London, Being a Story of Wat Tyler's Insurrection, 1898
  • With Frederick The Great, A Tale of the Seven Years War, 1898
  • With Moore at Corunna, 1898

1899
  • At Aboukir and Acre, A Story of Napoleon's Invasion of Egypt, 1899
  • Both Sides the Border, A Tale of Hotspur and Glendower, 1899
  • Lost Heir, 1899
  • Under Wellington's Command, A Tale of the Peninsular War, 1899

1900s

1900
  • In the Hands of the Cave Dwellers, 1900
  • No Surrender! A Tale of the Rising in La Vendée, 1900
  • Roving Commission, Through the Black Insurrection of Hayti, 1900
  • Won by the Sword, A Story of the Thirty Years War, 1900

1901
  • In the Irish Brigade, A Tale of War in Flanders and Spain, 1901
  • John Hawke's Fortune, A Story of Monmouth's Rebellion, 1901
  • Out With Garibaldi, A Story of the Liberation of Italy, 1901
  • Queen Victoria, Scenes from her Life and Reign, 1901
  • With Buller in Natal, A Born Leader, 1901

1902
  • At the Point of the Bayonet, A Tale of the Mahratta War, 1902
  • To Herat and Cabul, A Story of the First Afghan War, 1902
  • With Roberts to Pretoria, A Tale of the South African War, 1902

1903
  • Treasure of the Incas, A Tale of Adventure in Peru, 1903
  • With Kitchener in the Soudan, A Story of Atbara and Omdurman, 1903
  • With the British Legion, A Story of the Carlist Wars, 1903

1904
  • Through Three Campaigns, A Story of Chitral, Tirah, and Ashantee, 1904
  • With the Allies to Pekin, A Story of the Relief of the Legations, 1904

1905
  • By Conduct and Courage, A Story of Nelson's Days, 1905
  • In the Hands of the Malays, 1905

External link

  • Works by G. A. Henty at Project Gutenberg


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