E. M. Hull
|Edith Maude Henderson Winstanley Hull|
An anonymous sketch
|Born||Edith Maude Henderson
16 August 1880
London, England, UK
|Died||11 February 1947
Hazlewood, Derbyshire, England, UK
|Pen name||E. M. Hull, Edith M. Hull|
|Notable works||The Sheik|
|Spouse||Percy Winstanley Hull|
|Children||Cecil Winstanley Hull|
E. M. Hull (also reedited as Edith M. Hull), was the pseudonym of Edith Maude Winstanley Hull, née Henderson (16 August 1880 – 11 February 1947) was a British writer of romance novels, best known for The Sheik which became an international best seller in 1921. This novel is credited with starting the hugely popular "desert romance" genre. Hull followed The Sheik with subsequent novels The Shadow of the East, The Desert Healer, and The Sons of the Sheik.
Born Edith Maude Henderson on 16 August 1880 in the Borough of Hampstead, London, England, UK, the daughter of Katie Thorne, of New Brunswick, Canada and James Henderson, a shipowner from Liverpool. As a child she traveled widely with her parents, even visiting Algeria—the setting of her novels. In 1899, she married Percy Winstanley Hull (b. 1869) in London and the couple moved to Derbyshire in the early 1900s. They had a daughter Cecil Winstanley Hull, who also wrote a book Six Weeks in Algeria (1930).
Hull dabbled writing fiction in the late 1910s while her husband was away serving in World War I. The Sheik, her first effort, was first published in England in 1919 and quickly became an international blockbuster, placing among Publishers Weekly's top ten best sellers for both of the years 1921 and 1922. Hull's volume quickly sold over 1.2 million copies worldwide. Sales further increased when Paramount released a film version of The Sheik in 1921, which launched Rudolph Valentino into cinema immortality as the greatest "lover" of the silent screen.
Hull continue to write into the 1930s and 1925 novel The Sons of the Sheik was also a tremendous success, as was the film version Son of the Sheik, which again starred Valentino.
The Sheik Saga
- The Sheik, 1919
- The Sons of the Sheik, 1925
- The Shadow of the East, 1921
- The Desert Healer, 1923
- Camping in the Sahara, 1926
- The Lion-Tamer, 1928
- The Captive of the Sahara, 1931
- The Forest of Terrible Things, 1939 (title in US: Jungle Captive)
References and sources
- Women's Library - List of papers accessed June 2007
Source: Mao, Douglas and Rebecca L. Walkowitz, eds. Bad Modernisms. Durham: Duke University Press 2006.
- E. M. Hull Remembered
- Works by E. M. Hull at Project Gutenberg
- The Sheik and The Shadow of the East Part of the PublicBookshelf online romance novel collection
- The Women's Library Archives, which contains "Books and papers relating to EM Hull"