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The author of the book: Charles Johnson
Edition: Lyons Press
Date of issue: June 1st 2002
ISBN 13: 9781585745586
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 924 KB
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History of Pyrates, 1726 edition (book review): the famous book by Captain Johnson, first printed in 1724 and then several times after hence the notation of this being the 1726 edition, is a well of knowledge of the "Golden Age" of piracy. Some descriptions are very short on personal information but try to make up for it by supplying circumstantial information, eyewitness accounts, records from ship logs at the same dates and places in question. Pirates such as Blackbeard are well covered but if you have read anything on the age before reading this work you will probably not find any of the information new or exciting. Another note, this book was written in the 17th Century and its language remains unchanged or "translated" from its original text. This book I think works best as a companion or reference to anything else you may be reading about pirates at present.
What was most new and exciting is David Cordingly's introduction to this edition where he goes into the history of just who Captain Johnson really was. The truth? We still have no idea despite having been certain for a very long time the he had been the famous writer, Daniel Defoe author of Robinson Crusoe.
Overall an interesting read but as dazzling as it was in its time may come off as a bit dry for today's readers so I would suggest picking it up only if you are serious about the subject matter.
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Read information about the authorCaptain Charles Johnson, the author of the 1724 book A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the most notorious Pyrates, has not been identified.
It has often been assumed that the name Captain Charles Johnson was a pseudonym, but nothing definitive has been determined about who he may have been. For a period of nearly fifty years, the prevailing theory was that the author's true identity was Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe. But that theory has been challenged and invalidated based on a lack of supporting evidence. Nonetheless, his book, which is in the public domain, has been published in a large number of editions by various publishers and in translations around the world, often employing the name Daniel Defoe on the cover.