Patrick O'Brian: A Life

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Macmillan, Jan 1, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages
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In January 2000, Patrick O'Brian died in the Westbury Hotel in Dublin, Ireland. Like his life, O'Brian's death was marked by secrecy and confusion, sharpening the curiosity of his many readers who for years have speculated about the man behind the beloved Aubery-Maturin series of novels.

Dean King at last unveils the story of Richard Patrick Russ, a writer and intellectual who emerged from the Second World War as Patrick O'Brian, a persona created by his imagination and refined over decades. To research this book, King crisscrossed Europe to speak to long-lost relatives, friends, and colleagues of his famously reclusive subject; now he has fashioned this wealth of information into a dramatic and compelling narrative. As King meticulously examines the events of O'Brian's life, he deepens and enriches our understanding and appreciation of O'Brian's work.
 

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Patrick O'Brian, who passed away this January at age 85, did not authorize King's intriguing and extraordinarily detailed biography--which is understandable, since O'Brian fictionalized so much of his ... Read full review

Contents

Authors Note to the Paperback Edition
1
London July 1945
3
A Top Hat a Clean Collar and Clean Boots 18501900
9
Walden 19141922
15
The Pen Mightier than the Pain 19231930
30
Beasts Royal 19301934
45
Catching Lightning in a Jar 19341939
57
Blood Sweat Toil and Tears 19401943
79
An Epic Is Launched 19701973
205
Becoming Picasso 19731976
221
At Sea Again 19761978
235
Writing with Stunsails Aloft and Alow 19781984
244
Singing of Sir Joseph 19851986
268
Sailing in the Trade Winds 19871990
281
The Best Writer You Never Heard Of? 19901992
303
The Wages of Fame 19931994
328

An Irishman Is Born 19431946
92
The Last Approach to the Mansion of Pluto 19461947
103
Moelwyn Bank 19481949
118
The Last Stronghold of Poets and Painters 19491953
135
The Catalans 19531955
156
Voyaging with Commodore Anson 19551959
172
Temple and Beauvoir 19601966
181
Master and Commander 19671969
194
The Commodores Second Triumphal Tour 19951996
346
A Night of Honor October 11 1996
362
Epilogue
367
Selected Bibliography
371
Acknowledgments
380
Index
383
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Dean King, an authority on nautical literature and history, has written eight books, including A Sea of Words, Harbors and High Seas, and Every Man Shall Do His Duty.

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