Captain Gault: Being the Exceedingly Private Log of a Sea-Captain

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Wildside Press, 2009 - Fiction - 296 pages
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Captain Gault is a fictional sea captain created by English writer William Hope Hodgson. Many of the Captain Gault stories were collected in the book "Captain Gault, Being the Exceedingly Private Log of a Sea-Captain," published in 1917.

Captain Gault is a captain for hire and operates a different ship in each of the stories. Some take place in England, some in the United States, some in Havanna, and some in Europe. Gault himself is a morally ambiguous character who follows the pattern of many famous fictional criminals: although a law-breaker (he seems primarily interested in making money), he proves also to have a strict moral code. As the series progresses, we learn tantalizing bits of information about Captain Gault: he seems to be highly placed in a secret society; he has occult knowledge about arcane religious artifacts; he seems to be very knowledgeable about gemstones; he is a skilled amateur painter. In general, he reveals himself to have surprising reservoirs of specialized knowledge. Where he got all this knowledge is generally not revealed; we get only these tantalizing hints at the character's past.

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About the author (2009)

William Hope Hodgson (November 15, 1877 ? April 1918) was an English author. He produced a large body of work, consisting of essays, short fiction, and novels, spanning several overlapping genres including horror, fantastic fiction and science fiction. Among the best-known novels are The Night Land and The House On The Borderland. He died in World War I at the age of 40.

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