The King of Pirates

The King of Pirates

Book - 2002
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Following the success of Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe composed a further tale of high adventure at sea. The result was this lesser-known work, an inspired and hugely enjoyable "first-hand" account of pirate life. In response to an alleged letter accusing him of the worst possible deeds, Captain Avery pens a reply seeking to exonerate himself from all such charges. He sees fit to provide a full account of life as captain of a pirate ship. Yet far from being the archetypal, murderous villain, his letters reveal him simply to be a lovable rogue--albeit one with something of a penchant for fine jewels.
Publisher: London : Hesperus, 2002
Description: x, 91 p. ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9781843910114
Branch Call Number: Defo


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Apr 12, 2017

The King of Pirates is the story of Captain Avery a reluctant pirate. To read a pirate story from the viewpoint of a pirate is surprisingly different than I expected. It was worth reading for that use and to learn what amount the pirates were able to take and most were never hung or caught, according to the story.

Jan 21, 2015

One of the first, if not the first, important English novelists, Daniel Defoe, whose most famous books are "Robinson Crusoe" and "Moll Flanders," frequently blended fact and fiction in a way that would today be considered irresponsible. In his introduction to this slim, obscure novella, critic and writer Peter Ackroyd credits Defoe with inventing "what might be termed the poetry of fact." Like his better known novels, this is loosely based on a true story, which Defoe delivers in an epistolary (letters) form. It's an amusing, rousing story that can easily be read in one sitting and certainly laid the groundwork for the continued popularity of pirate fiction.

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