The Pirate

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Wildside Press LLC, 2004 - Fiction - 172 pages
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"When your O'Brians are out, recommend Marryat."-Library Journal "[Marryat's] greatness is undeniable."-Joseph Conrad "Marryat has the power to set us in the midst of ships and men and sea and sky all vivid, credible, authentic."-Virginia Woolf
  

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Contents

Section 1
2
Section 2
5
Section 3
11
Section 4
20
Section 5
25
Section 6
33
Section 7
41
Section 8
47
Section 11
82
Section 12
88
Section 13
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Section 14
104
Section 15
116
Section 16
127
Section 17
137
Section 18
149

Section 9
58
Section 10
66
Section 19
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About the author (2004)

A master of the sea tale, Marryat wrote novels that deal with life in the English Navy, in which he himself served. His stories were written for children but were read by old and young alike. "Masterman Ready" (1841) at one time stood next to "Robinson Crusoe" in popularity with boy readers. "Peter Simple" (1834) is the most autobiographical of the novels, "Mr. Midshipman Easy" (1836), the most humorous. "Percival Keene" (1842), the least estimable of his heroes, is a melodramatic story. "The Little Savage" (1848) is a horror tale of remarkable power, strong in plot and character development. Marryat's novels are all didactic, but his moral lessons never intrude or offend. The details of his adventurous life, so far as they are known, are well described in Oliver Warner's "Captain Marryat: A Rediscovery." "A Diary in America" appeared first in 1839. The recognition now given to Marryat as a source for social history is fully deserved, since his opinionated account of his journey gives us "an invaluable view of American life at the time when Jacksonian democracy was in full development in the new nation.

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