E. M. Hull

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Edith Maud Hull
An anonymous sketch
Born Edith Maud Henderson[1][2]
(1880-08-16)16 August 1880
London, England, UK
Died 11 February 1947(1947-02-11) (aged 66)
Hazlewood, Derbyshire, England, UK
Pen name E. M. Hull, Edith M. Hull
Occupation Novelist
Language English
Nationality British
Period 1919-1939
Genre Romance fiction
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 Maud Hull, née Henderson[3] (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.


Personal life[edit]

Born Edith Maud 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 New York. As a child she travelled widely with her parents, even visiting Algeria—the setting of her novels. In 1899, she married Percy Winstanley Hull (b. 1869) in Hampshire and the couple moved to Derbyshire in the early 1900s. They had a daughter Cecil Winstanley Hull.

Hull died at age 66, on 11 February 1947 in Hazelwood, in the parish of Duffield, Derbyshire.[3]

Writing career[edit]

Hull dabbled writing fiction 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[edit]

  1. The Sheik, 1919
  2. The Sons of the Sheik, 1925

Single novels[edit]

  • 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)

See also[edit]

References and sources[edit]

Source: Mao, Douglas and Rebecca L. Walkowitz, eds. Bad Modernisms. Durham: Duke University Press 2006.

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