Rafael Sabatini

Rafael Sabatini (1875–1950) was was born in Jesi, Italy, to an English mother and Italian father. His parents were opera singers who became teachers.
At a young age, Rafael was exposed to many languages, living with his grandfather in England, attending school in Portugal and, as a teenager, in Switzerland. By the time he was seventeen, when he returned to England to live permanently, he was the master of five languages. He quickly added a sixth language – English – to his linguistic collection. He consciously chose to write in his adopted language, because, he said, "all the best stories are written in English."

After a brief stint in the business world, Sabatini went to work as a writer. He wrote short stories in the 1890s, and his first novel came out in 1902. It took Sabatini roughly a quarter of a century of hard work before he attained success with Scaramouche in 1921. All of his earlier books were rushed into reprints, the most popular of which was The Sea Hawk from 1915. Sabatini was a prolific writer; he produced a new book approximately every year, and maintained a great deal of popularity with the reading public through the decades that followed. He died and is is buried at Adelboden, Switzerland.

Several of his books were made into silent era films and subsequently remade in the talking era starring actors auch as Errol Flynn

AOS Pirate Fiction

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Year  Book  Comment
  Captain Blood Peter Blood is a physician and an English gentleman, turned pirate out of a rankling sense of injustice.
  Captain Blood Returns A collection of short stories set entirely within the timeframe of the original novel
  The Fortunes of Captain Blood A collection of short stories set entirely within the timeframe of the original novel
  The Sea Hawk Sir Oliver is accused of murder, kidnapped off the Cornish coast, and dragged into life as a Barbary corsair.
  The Black Swan The Black Swan is the rakish pirate ship of Tom Leach, terror of the Spanish Main.

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