The Modern Traveller is an excellent satire (in verses), published in 1898. It highlights the effects of British colonialism and white savior complex with irony and sarcasm. It parodied a contemporary adventure book called “In Darkest Africa” (1890) by Henry Morton Stanley. The entire poem is an interview between a journalist of the daily Menace (probably poking at the daily Mail) and a dishonest adventurer. The so-called adventurer explained how his own heroism saves the day and the untold hardship is suffered by the natives and how unacceptably unrefined and gullible they were. The other characters who were involved in this expedition Commander Sin and Captain Blood, (fictional as well) conveniently did not survive to give their individual testimony of this whole adventure. It ends with the narrator bragging about how much he is offered for his upcoming book on this expedition.
Hilaire Belloc or Joseph Hilaire Pierre René Belloc is one of the most prolific writers in England during the 20th century. He was also an orator, poet, satirist, man of letters, and political activist. He is famous for his debating feuds with famous people like H.G Wells. Belloc was born in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, Seine-et-Oise, France. His father Louis Belloc was French and his mother Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes was English. He became a naturalized British subject in 1902. He graduated from Oxford in 1885 and married an American named Elodie Hogan (1868–1914) in 1896. They had five children. In 1906 Hilaire Belloc built a home in Sussex and named it King's Land. He lived there rest of his life until a domestic accident which led to his death. He died on 16 July 1953 at Mount Alvernia Nursing Home in Guildford, Surrey.