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George Alfred Henty (8 December 1832 – 16 November 1902), was a prolific English novelist, special correspondent and Imperialist. He is best known for his historical adventure stories that were popular in the late 19th century. His works include Out on the Pampas (1871), The Young Buglers (1880), With Clive in India (1884) and Wulf the Saxon (1895).


G.A. Henty was born in Trumpingtonmarker, near Cambridgemarker. 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 Schoolmarker, London and later Gonville and Caius Collegemarker, 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 Crimeamarker 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 Warmarker 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 Canalmarker and travelled 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 and Those Other Animals, short stories for the likes of The Boy's Own Paper and edited the Union Jack, a weekly boy's 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 occasionally 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 homeschoolers.

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

Henty is buried in Brompton Cemeterymarker, London.

Funerary monument, Brompton Cemetery, London


Henty wrote 122 works of historical fiction and all first editions had the date printed at the foot of the title page. (Reference G.A.Henty 1832–1902 A Bibliographical Study by Peter Newbolt.) Several short stories published in book form are included in this total, with the stories taken from previously published full length novels. 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 bar one were published in the UK before those of America. The simple explanation for this error of judgement is that Charles Scribner's Sons of New York dated their Henty first editions for the current year. The first UK editions published by Blackie 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 1903, although the story itself had already been published in England prior to the first American edition, in The Boy's Own Annual.

False attribution

Many sellers of Henty, and websites listing Henty book titles, state that Forest and Frontier or Forests and Frontiers and The Stone Chest are by G.A. Henty. Neither story was written by Henty which has been confirmed by The Henty Society. Some years back an incompetent researcher stated that Henty was related to FS Brereton. This has been repeated many times since and also proved innaccurate by the Henty Society.

US availability

Reprints of all Henty's works are available from many modern day American publishers.

List of titles

Title Publication date
All But Lost, Volumes I, II and III 1869
Among the Bushrangers, from A Final Reckoning 1906
An Indian Raid, from Redskin and Cowboy 1906
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 Bravest of the Brave, or, 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
Cast Ashore, from With Clive in India 1906
The Cat of Bubastes, A Tale of Ancient Egypt 1889
Chapter of Adventures, Through the Bombardment of Alexandria aka The Young Midshipman (USA) 1891
Charlie Marryat, from With Clive in India 1906
Colonel Thorndyke's Secret aka The Brahmin's Treasure (USA) 1898
Condemned as a Nihilist, A Story of Escape from Siberia 1893
The Cornet of Horse, A Tale of Marlborough's Wars 1881
Cornet Walter, from Orange and Green 1906
The Curse of Carne's Hold, A Tale of Adventure 1889
The Dash For Khartoum, A Tale of the Nile Expedition 1892
Dorothy's Double, The Story of a Great Deception 1894
The 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
A 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
A Hidden Foe 1891
A Highland Chief, from In Freedom's Cause 1906
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
A Jacobite Exile, Being the Adventures of a Young Englishman in the Service of Charles XII. of Sweden 1894
John Hawke's Fortune, A Story of Monmouth's Rebellion 1901
A Knight of the White Cross, A Tale of the Siege of Rhodes 1896
The Lion of St. Mark, A Story of Venice in the Fourteenth Century 1889
The Lion of the North, A Tale of Gustavus Adolphus and the Wars of Religion 1886
The Lost Heir 1899
Maori and Settler, A Tale of the New Zealand War 1891
A March on London, Being a Story of Wat Tyler's Insurrection 1898
The March to Coomassie 1874
The 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
The Plague Ship (1889)
Queen Victoria, Scenes from her Life and Reign 1901
The Queen's Cup, A Novel 1897
The Ranche in the Valley (1892)
Redskin and Cowboy, A Tale of the Western Plains 1892
A Roving Commission, or, Through the Black Insurrection at Hayti 1900
Rujub, the Juggler 1893
A Search for a Secret 1867
The 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
The Tiger of Mysore, A Story of the War with Tippoo Saib 1896
The 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
The Two Prisoners, from A Soldier's Daughter 1906
The Young Carthaginian, A Story of the Time of Hannibal 1887
To Herat and Cabul, A Story of the First Afghan War 1902
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 aka Boy Knight 1882
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 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
The Young Buglers, A Tale of the Peninsular War 1880
The Young Captain, from With Clive in India 1906
The Young Colonists, A Tale of the Zulu and Boer Wars 1885
The Young Franc-Tireurs, and Their Adventure in the Franco-Prussian War 1872


There is one known instance of a book title by this very popular author having been filmed.

A Final Reckoning(1929), American, B&W: Serial/24 reels

Directed by Ray Taylor

Cast: Frank Clark [Jim Whitney], Newton House, Louise Lorraine, Jay Wilsey, Edmund CobbUniversal Pictures Corporation production; distributed by Universal Pictures Corporation. / Scenario by Basil Dickey and George Morgan, from a novel by George Alfred Henty. Cinematography by Frank Redman. / Twelve episodes (two reels each): [1] “A Treacherous Friend,” released 15 April 1929. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / [?] Website-IMDb lists the release date of the first episode as 15 April 1928.


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  • "G.A. Henty 1832–1902: A Bibliographical Study ...." by Peter Newbolt ISBN 978-1859282083
  • Henty Society at

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