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by Captain Charles Johnson (Daniel Defoe)


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A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the most notorious Pyrates is a 1724 book published in Britain containing biographies of contemporary pirates.

Its author uses the name Captain Charles Johnson, generally considered a pseudonym for one of London's writer-publishers.

Attribution to Defoe is based on internal textual relationship to his works of. .By Captain Charles Johnson.

Attribution to Defoe is based on internal textual relationship to his works of proven authorship together with supporting external evidence. First ed. was printed for C. Rivington in 1724 under title: A general history of the robberies and murders of the most notorious pyrates. Boston Public Library (Rare Book Dept. copy: errors in pagination: 329,248 and 349 misnumbered 229, 48 and 3; verso and recto of the 9th prelim. leaf have been transposed in imposition.

Captain Charles Johnson was the British author of the 1724 book A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the most notorious Pyrates, whose identity remains a mystery. No record exists of a captain by this name, with Johnson generally considered a pseudonym for one of London's writer-publishers. This pseudonym has recently resurfaced in the RSFFL Little Show.

A General History of the PyratesPaperback. Captain Charles Johnson

A General History of the PyratesPaperback. Captain Charles Johnson. For Pirates the source is this book written at the time when the Pirates were still alive and obviously helped in filling in the details. I have read some 30 books on Pirates and most mention this book as one of their major sources. Of course the author may have spiced it up a bit but the basics are easily found plus there is additional detail describing the cities, politics of the time and social structure. A great read and a must for serious students of the subject. 4 people found this helpful.

Is "Charles Johnson" really a pseudonym for Daniel Defoe? . More a historical curiosity than anything else. Other books on the topic can offer better overviews of the subject and more detailed portrayals of the pirates' exploits.

Is "Charles Johnson" really a pseudonym for Daniel Defoe? No one knows for certain, but most of our pirate tales start here, with this volume that captivated audiences in the 18th Century and hasn't been out of print since.

A General History of the Pirates has long been a classic of seafaring literature and was inspiration to both Robert . Nothing is known about Captain Charles Johnson, and it is thought that the name may be assumed - there are even some who believe he may have been Daniel Defoe.

A General History of the Pirates has long been a classic of seafaring literature and was inspiration to both Robert Louis Stevenson and .

HAVING taken more than ordinary Pains in collecting the Materials which compose the following History, we could not be satisfied with our selves, if any Thing were wanting to i.

HAVING taken more than ordinary Pains in collecting the Materials which compose the following History, we could not be satisfied with our selves, if any Thing were wanting to it, which might render it entirely satisfactory to the Publick: It is for this Reason we have subjoined to the Work, a short Abstract of the Laws now in Force against Pyrates, and made Choice of some particular Cases, (the most curious we could meet with) which have been heretofore tried, by which it will appear what Actions have.

In 1734 Captain Johnson expanded the subject matter to publish A General History of the Lives and Adventures of the most famous Highwaymen, Murderers, Street Robbers, &c.

A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the most notorious Pyrates is a 1724 book published in Britain . jpg The author has remained unknown in spite of numerous attempts by historians to discover his identity

jpg The author has remained unknown in spite of numerous attempts by historians to discover his identity. There has been no record found of anyone with the name Charles Johnson serving as a captain in any capacity, save forty–two years before the publication of A General History. There was a playwright by that name in the early eighteenth century, but there are no ties to piracy found in his works.

Captain Charles Johnson. A General History of Robberies and Murders" with its dramatic writing style - which vividly captures the realities and savagery of the pirate existence - was thought, for a long time, to have been written by Daniel Defoe.


Comments: (7)

MrRipper
My copy was the Carroll & Graf edition.

It was interesting to see how the pirates differed in their treatment of prisoners. Some of them were very cruel. It was also interesting to learn of the common practice of hanging the corpses of the executed pirates up in chains for public views for years after - it was also called being "sun dried".

This edition had a number of typos, not real bad, but enough. Compounding the problem is Defoe puts a comma or semi-colon after every four or five words.

Some Defoe's writing seemed like a hurried knock-off from newspaper accounts in some parts. Other parts seem so hurried that it's impossible to follow. The referents are hopelessly confused, you can't tell who did what. Add to that the convoluted way upper class people were beginning to express themselves, and the author just general assumes an archaic mentality and you could be scratching your head for days. This could be dealt with by annotating. Fortunately these incomprehensible passages are relatively few.

Obviously an indispensable classic for the pirate fan.
Thozius
This book was orginally published in the year of Our Lord, 1726. It is from THIS BOOK that almost all pyrate information is gleaned from. How its written, "Captain Johnson" was there, in person with most of the pirates as they did their dasterdedly deeds. Like (And I quote) "Captain Blackbeard, him also known as Edward Teach or Thatch would spend all night fornicating with his 16 year old wife. Then in the morning before sailing his top officers- some 6 of them- would fornicate with his wife before sailing". Shocking that such details would be given in a book published at this time.
Madis
If you can get past the old tyme speak and phrases in this book, its a fantastic account of piracy and legendary buccaneers as seen from a true first hand account. Its a reprint of an original book published in the early 1700s. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book as any history buff truly would.
Riavay
Haven’t finished it yet but it is a nice book and was just what I was looking for! It’s like a giant story book for pirate fans!
Ironrunner
Haven't started this book yet. Looks interesting
Frosha
Wonderful reading, I learned a lot.
Paster
This is great fun and amongst all the myth and exaggerated, even made-up stories is a kind of truth of ambiance, mood, tone of the character and legacy of "Pyrates!" (that yell could send shivers to the locals of the time and chills of excitement to any 10 year old boy in my time).
This is an interesting book. It is a little challenging to read, as all books from this era are for modern English speakers, but well worth the extra effort needed. Some details are listed in such detail as to be a little laborious to slog through, but overall a fascinating insight into the "real" world of pirates. The seller shipped this book out amazingly fast, and it arrived in perfect condition.
A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pyrates download epub
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Author: Captain Charles Johnson (Daniel Defoe)
ISBN: 0824005562
Category: History
Subcategory: World
Language: English
Publisher: Garland Publishing; First Thus edition (1972)
Pages: 320 pages