Patrick O'Brian: A Life Revealed

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Open Road Media, Mar 20, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 414 pages
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A revealing and insightful look at one of the modern world’s most acclaimed historical novelists
Patrick O’Brian was well into his seventies when the world fell in love with his greatest creation: the maritime adventures of Royal Navy Captain Jack Aubrey and ship’s surgeon Stephen Maturin. But despite his fame, little detail was available about the life of the reclusive author, whose mysterious past King uncovers in this groundbreaking biography. King traces O’Brian’s personal history, beginning as a London-born Protestant named Richard Patrick Russ, to his tortured relationship with his first wife and child, to his emergence from World War II with the entirely new identity under which he would publish twenty volumes in the Aubrey–Maturin series. What King unearths is a life no less thrilling than the seafaring world of O’Brian’s imagination.

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Dean King's subtitle, "A Life Revealed," accurately describes this biography of Patrick O'Brian, notoriously secretive author of the Aubrey-Maturin novels. King begins with O'Brian's grandfather in ... Read full review

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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


Master and Commander 19671969
An Epic Is Launched 19701973
Becoming Picasso 19731976
DEEP BLUE 17 At Sea Again 19761978
Writing with Stunsails Aloft and Alow 19781984
Singing of Sir Joseph 19851986
Sailing in the Trade Winds 19871990
GOLD 21 The Best Writer You Never Heard Of? 19901992

Catching Lightning in a Jar 19341939
Blood Sweat Toil and Tears 19401943
An Irishman Is Born 19431946
SLATE 8 The Last Approach to the Mansion of Pluto 19461947
Moelwyn Bank 19481949
AZURE 10 The Last Stronghold of Poets and Painters 19491953
The Catalans 19531955
Voyaging with Commodore Anson 19551959
Temple and Beauvoir 19601966
The Wages of Fame 19931994
The Commodores Second Triumphal Tour 19951996
A Night of Honor October 11 1996
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Dean King is an award-winning and bestselling author of narrative nonfiction and other works on historical and maritime adventure, including A Sea of Words (1995), Harbors and High Seas (1996), and Every Man Will Do His Duty (1997), all companion works to Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturinnovels. A foremost expert on O’Brian, King also published a biography of the acclaimed author, entitled Patrick O’Brian: A Life Revealed (2000). Most recently, King has published the national bestseller Skeletons on the Zahara (2004), about twelve shipwrecked American sailors’ hellish journey across the Sahara Desert, and Unbound (2010), about the women who embarked on Mao’s Long March in 1934. King’s writing has also appeared inGranta, Esquire, Garden & Gun, Men’s Journal, Outside,andthe New York Times.

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