Rider Haggard: The Great Storyteller

Rider Haggard: The Great Storyteller

by D. S. Higgins


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481895385
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/16/2013
Pages: 402
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

What's in a name?
Sydney Higgins has been a successful writer for many years. When Cassell published his first book, the managing director insisted that his name should be changed to 'D.S. Higgins' because, he said, 'Sydney Higgins sounds common'!
He went on to write over 40 text books for the publisher before writing his first biography. Later books, published by other companies, appeared under the names 'Sydney Higgins' and 'Syd Higgins'. Then, after being appointed to be a Senior Inspector of English and Drama in Suffolk (UK), the name he used for writing became unimportant because, as he was not permitted to publish anything under his own name - whether it was 'D.S.', 'Sydney' or 'Syd' - he became a ghost writer and was the author of several books including 'Stroll On' for Tony Booth, 'Piper Alpha - A Survivor's Story' for Ed Punchard, 'The Pirelli Book of Motor Racing Heroes' for John Surtees and 'Nicola: A Second Chance to Live' for Nicola Owen.
In the early 1990s, he and his wife, who is also a writer, moved to Italy. There he became a Professor of English, spending much time studying medieval drama and writing sure-fire non-sellers on subjects such as 'The Staging of Cornish Medieval Drama'. He also founded and still directs his own theatrical company that specialises in musicals, including several for which he has written the book and the lyrics. He and his wife love travelling and together have written a two-part guidebook, 'Staying in the Châteaux Hotels of France'.
Some time ago, he was made the 'Citizen of the Year' in the Italian town where he lives and works. The citation reads: 'Professor Higgins is recognised for having brought the town to the attention of the world by his organisation of the annual International Conference and Festival of Medieval European Drama.' It is an honour and a title that he cherishes, because, as he has said, 'If you're born with the name "Higgins", you really have to become a professor even if it's only because some people, having once seen "My Fair Lady" and hearing my name is "Higgins", are wont to say gleefully, "You must be Professor Higgins!". Then I can truthfully agree that I am!'

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