George Alfred Henty

This week I read a book called “Out On The Pompas”. It was about a family, a mother, father, two sisters and two brothers, who moved out into the open country. They had to deal with Indians and met some friends on the way. In the end, the Indians fought for their land and lost. The Indians had their revenge by kidnapping other family’s loved ones, and also snagged the family’s youngest daughter who was only eight. The men of the family, consisting of a father and two brothers ages thirteen and fifteen, went after the Indians. The Indians fled and killed most of the captives, yet they kept the little girl alive. One of the Indians was a double agent and kept the girl safe. In the end of the book they rescue the girl and the Indians recognized their wrong ways. In the end the two girls found two lovers and the boys the same. Their parents still sit around the fire and tell their grandchildren how their mom’s and dad’s fought the Indians. Today, I will also be talking about the author. So sit back with your plush Dalek, your cup of tea and your sonic screwdriver because you’re about to take a dive into the world of George Alfred Henty.

George Alfred Henty was born in Trumpington, Cambridge. He was a very sick child and spent most of his time bed-ridden. During this time, he became interested in books and carried that interest into his old age. He attended Westminster School and then went on to Caius College, Cambridge. When the Crimean War started, he would write letters to his father, in detail, of what was happening. His father was so intrigued, he sent the letters to the local newspaper and they were published. He came home a captain and he continued writing. He married Elizabeth Finucane on July 1, 1857. He had four kids and in 1865 Elizabeth died of tuberculosis. His two daughters Maud Elizabeth at the age of eighteen and Ethel Mary at the age of nineteen also died of tuberculosis. Overcome with grief which would take years for him to recover from, he resigned his position as captain because it wasn’t enough to support his family and launched into a career as war correspondent for The Standard (the local newspaper). He endured many adventures in the company of Garibaldi in Italy and Sir Robert Napier in Abyssinia. During the Franco-Prussian War he spent time with both the German and French sides. After many years of service, Henty started to grow tired of the travails of war and conflict, physically and spiritually, and finally resigned. George Alfred Henty was a good writer. He wrote ninety-nine books and I advise you to look them up. He is most famous for his historical fiction books that were enjoyed in the 19th century. 

It’s amazing what technology can do. At our finger tips, we can look up anything we want. We can watch a video that was taken in Asia, and at the same time check out what our friends are up to in Hawaii! I can research two totally different people from two totally different era’s in time and compare them, just but making tabs! I can go back to the bible times and still be home for lunch! I can go to the birth of Christ and be back in time for my own Christmas. I can go back in time to the life of a great writer and share it with the world.

I hope you enjoyed my little essay about G.A. Henty. If you’re interested in him enough, then google him. World at our finger tips remember? 🙂 You know, your computer is kinda like a Tardis. Well, you can’t talk to shakespeare or stop an alien invasion but…you know….we’re getting there. 😀


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