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Mr. Meeson's Will

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Mr. Meeson's Will is the story of mean Mr. Meeson, the greedy and wealthy owner of a publishing house. Augusta Smithers is a young writer who enters into an unfair contract with Meeson. In order to make a fresh start she boards a steamer bound for New Zealand only to find her enemy is on the same ship. After a collision with a whaler Augusta, Meeson and several others are ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Waking Lion Press (first published 1888)
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Joseph
Oct 19, 2016 Joseph rated it liked it
Haggard operating in a more Dickensian mode. And possibly being a bit bitter about his experiences as a relatively fledgling author? (Who, admittedly, had already published at least two or three phenomenally successful and genre-creating novels.)

[spoilers abound for a book first published in 1888]

So the Meeson in question is the skinflint owner of a publishing house. At the beginning of the book, Our Heroine (Augusta Smithers, author of the phenomenally successful "Jemima's Hope") comes to Meeso
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Sandy
Aug 22, 2011 Sandy rated it really liked it
"Mr. Meeson's Will" was first printed in book form in October 1888, after having first appeared earlier that year in "The Illustrated London News." It was H. Rider Haggard's 11th novel (out of 58), and one in which his experiences as both a writer and aspiring lawyer were given vent. The novel is at once a tale of adventure, a critique of the publishing industry in late 19th century England, and a satire on the English legal system.

In the book's first half, Augusta Smithers--our heroine and a su
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John Yeoman
Feb 25, 2016 John Yeoman rated it it was amazing
A brilliantly wicked lampoon upon the veniality of publishers that remains hilarious and true, even today. Nothing has changed in 126 years...
John
Apr 04, 2014 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Turns out I underestimated dear old Haggard. After reading a handful of his Allan Quatermain and Ayesha (She-who-must-be-obeyed) novels, I thought him a mediocre writer and a one-note storyteller who spent his whole career rehashing KING SOLOMON'S MINES.
MR. MEESON'S WILL totally changed my mind.
Apart from the fact that it lacks a character as cool as Quatermain, this book is in every way superior to all the other H. Rider Haggard novels I have read. KING SOLOMON'S MINES is the only one that even
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Matt Kelland
Nov 17, 2012 Matt Kelland rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. Unlike typical HRH, this isn't an adventure story. Well, it is in part, but the majority of it is a romance and legal story which centers on the question of whether a will tattooed on a person is valid. The characters are well drawn, with an unusual heroine, and although the outcome is predictable enough, it's still an engaging read.

In these days where the majority of women I know have one or more tattoos, it's interesting to see the prejudice that was prevalent a century
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David
Mar 23, 2015 David rated it really liked it
Haggard's tale of the greed and selfishness in a big publishing house starts off as a satire on the workings of publishing companies, revealing a lightness of touch that is often absent in some of his more ponderous writing. The initial chapters are the highlight of this book but it is well plotted throughout and features a typical brave woman at the centre of the action.
Matthew George
Nov 23, 2015 Matthew George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the most fun and interesting book I've read all year. If you love Victorian literature with a bit of wit and some fun legal quandaries, you'll enjoy this one.
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Sir Henry Rider Haggard was an English writer of adventure novels set in exotic locations, predominantly Africa, and the creator of the Lost World literary genre. His stories, situated at the lighter end of the scale of Victorian literature, continue to be popular and influential. He was also involved in agricultural reform and improvement in the British Empire.

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