A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates (Maritime Classics)

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Originally published in 1724, this famous account of the pirates by the mysterious Captain Johnson (who many historians believe to be Daniel Defoe) has long been a classic of seafaring literature. Filled with stunning details of executions, sea battles, and adventures on the high seas, the original edition has long been famed among scholars of the maritime world for its honesty and balance. It is also one of the few early works to include the female pirates Mary Read and Anne Bonny, and was the first to publicize the now infamous Blackbeard and Captain Kidd.This edition has been thoroughly updated with modern spellings and grammar to aid the reader, and includes commentary and an introduction by David Cordingly, author of the acclaimed Under the Black Flag.

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Captain Charles Johnson: The identity of Captain Johnson remains a mystery. For many years the name was believed to be a pseudonym for Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe and other classic works including Moll Flanders and Captain Singleton, which is the fictional biography of a pirate. Recent research has cast doubt on this interesting theory, and although there are some similarities in the style of Defoe's known works and Captain Johnson's History, there are too many discrepancies to confirm the attribution. It has been suggested that Johnson was a seaman, and possibly even a pirate, because he is clearly at home with the language of the sea and he shows an inside knowledge of the lives of some of the pirates he describes. He certainly had access to trial documents and may well have interviewed former pirates or sailors who had been captured and spent time on pirate ships. His book undoubtedly provides the most vivid and authentic description of the great age of piracy. Since its first publication in 1724 it has been the prime source of information about the lives of the most notorious pirates and has been an inspiration for numerous books, plays and films, from R. L. Stevenson's Treasure Island and J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan to the swashbuckling movies starring Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and Errol Flynn.(71/2 X 10, 388 pages, illustrations, charts)

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Captain Johnson was for some years thought to be Robinson Crusoe author Daniel Defoe. His exact identity is still unkown. David Cordingly is the author of the bestselling Under the Black Flag, Life Among the Pirates, Seafaring Women, The Billy Ruffian, and Cochrane: The Real Master and Commander. He was Keeper of Pictures and Head of Exhibitions at the National Maritime Museum for twelve years, where he organized such exhibitions as "Captain James Cook, Navigator," "The Mutiny on the Bounty," and "Pirates: Fact and Fiction." He lives by the sea in Brighton, England.

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