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G.A. Henty Books

Review by Michael Leppert

G. A. Henty Books
(Various Titles)
$17 hardcover; $12 softcover
Leggewie Enterprises
POB 667
Twin Peaks, CA 92391
909/337-7391
www.morken.com/Leggewie

G. A. Henty was a 19th Century (1832-1902) storyteller who wrote many books and stories. He was so popular that he was dubbed "The Prince of Storytellers" in his lifetime. Fortunately, Henty’s books have been reprinted so they are not lost! His imaginative tales bring you learning in an enchanting manner, teaching English vocabulary, culture, geography, and history all woven together in a well-written story like a fine Persian rug.

Since Henty wrote in a time when our language was different, being more refined and broader, and much more complicated than our speech of today. Therefore, if you would like to have your child learn a very extensive use of words, many of which are still perfectly usable and wonderful, as opposed to being archaic and/or "corny," Henty’s books afford your family an excellent opportunity.

Among Henty’s titles are: "The Cat of Bubastes" set in Pharonic Egypt; "The Young Carthaginian" a story of Hannibal’s life; "For the Temple: A Tale of the Fall of Jerusalem;" "Beric the Briton: A Story of the Roman Invasion;" "St. Bartholomew’s Eve: A Tale of the Huguenot Wars (in France);" "By Pike and Dyke: A Tale of the Rise of the Dutch Republic;" "Under Drake’s Flag: A Tale of the Spanish Main;" "With Lee in Virginia: A Story of the American Civil War;" and "By Right of Conquest or With Cortez in Mexico."

As you can see from the diverse and descriptive titles, Henty wrote about many unusual themes and times of history. He sheds light on formerly-dim corners of Europe’s past activities. Most of the aforementioned volumes are over 300 pages and some include fold-out maps or drawings.

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