Posted on November 19, 2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The prolific and bestselling author Wilbur Smith has died at the age of eighty-eight.

Smith, who died November 13, wrote forty-nine novels over half a century and sold more than 140 million copies of them, according to the Guardian.

His adventure stories were set in a variety of ages, prompting Stephen King to call him the “best historical novelist,” but all took place across the continent of Africa.

Among his best-known works: When the Lion Feeds (his debut and an instant bestseller); The Dark of the Sun, Gold Mine, and Shout at the Devil (all adapted as poorly received movies); and The Sunbird.

You can read more about his colorful life in the Guardian’s obituary of him.

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