I was a boy when I saw the Hammer Studies film adaptation of She. It seemed to me one of those Hammer movies that focused more on exhibiting large breasts than telling a story. In this Ursula Andress’ breasts as she portrayed Ayesha.
By the time that I learned She was originally an H. Rider Haggard novel I felt no interest in reading it. I can’t stand lost race fiction. The square-shouldered, manly embodiment of colonialism and imperialism always sets the poor ignorant natives aright.
Haggard’s Ayesha novels have been reprinted many, many times. Below is a gallery of Ayesha cover illustrations.
Originally posted 2012-08-26 07:20:34.