A General History of the Robberies & Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates

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Conway Maritime, 2002 - Pirates - 370 pages
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A facsimile edition of a classic source for the history of piracy, as used by Robert Louis Stevenson in the writing of Treasure Island. Captain Charles Johnson’s General History of Pirates was one of the best-selling books of 1724, when it was first published. It provides a sweeping account of what has come to be called the Golden Age of Piracy. It went through four editions in two years, and without doubt owed a substantial part of its success to a dramatic writing style that vividly captures the realities of pirates’ savage existence. The book contains documentary evidence of events during the lives of its subjects. In the 270 years since its original publication, Johnson’s work has come to be regarded as the classic study of one of the most popular subjects in maritime history.

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User Review  - clorimer - LibraryThing

A comprehensive reprint of the original 1726 two volume fourth edition by Captain Charles Johnson, Manual Schonhorn gives good argument for deciding that Daniel Defoe is the actual author using the ... Read full review

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One of the best books ever published about pirates. A must-have for any fan of their adventures. Read full review

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Dr. Charles Johnson, a 1998 MacArthur fellow, is the S. Wilson and Grace M. Pollock Endowed Professor of English at the University of Washington in Seattle. His fiction includes "Dr. King's Refrigerator, Dreamer, " and "Middle Passage, " for which he won the National Book Award. In 2002 he received the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Seattle.

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