Guy Boothby | First Editions

1867 - 1905

Guy Newell Boothby (13 October 1867 – 26 February 1905) was a prolific novelist and writer, noted for sensational fiction in variety magazines around the end of the nineteenth century. Although an Australian national, he lived  the majority of his life in England. Boothby is best known for such works as the Dr Nikola series, about an occultist criminal mastermind; the character was a Victorian forerunner to Fu Manchu, and Pharos, the Egyptian, a tale of Gothic Egypt, mummies' curses and supernatural revenge. Rudyard Kipling was a personal friend and mentor of Boothby's, and George Orwell cites Boothby's books as influential, and remembered with affection.

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