John Buchan managed to juggle an extremely successful career as a writer with a even more successful career as a politician and diplomat. He published his first stories and poems before graduating from Oxford; soon after graduating, he became a colonial administrator states in South Africa. His first adventure novel, Prester John, was drawn from these colonial experiences. In 1935, the same year his perennial classic The Thirty-Nine Steps was adapted for film by Alfred Hitchcock, he was appointed Governor General of Canada. He died five years later, leaving behind over one hundred published books, including novels, poetry and short story collections, and biographies.