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“Almost every boy has had a yearning at one time or another to become a pirate. Frank R. Stockton in his youth was no exception to this rule, and as he grew older the spirit grew with him. Just what kind of a pirate he would have liked to become he relates in a book recently published” -The New York Times
“The tales are told with dramatic vividness, with Mr. Stockton’s inevitable charm and picturesqueness, and with frequent flashes of his own inimitable humor.” -The New York Times Book Review
“A well done bit of historical biography. It covers the careers of the famous pirates of the world, from Columbus and Francis Drake down to Lean Lafitte and Captain Kidd. This series of thrilling biographies of noted sea-rovers is really a valuable contribution to our history, and tends to disillusion the boys whose fancy turns to visions of freeboating through admiration for courage, force, and prowess.” -Detroit Free Pressure
“A charming, dashing history told as such stories should be.” –Cincinnati Commercial Tribune
“I had my share of critics, and I wash my hands of the whole lot.” -Frank. R. Stockton
A history of piracy in the New World, with chapters devoted to such notable buccaneers as Bartholemy Portuguez, L'Olonnois the Cruel, Henry Morgan, Blackbeard, Mary Reed, Anne Bonny, and many more. Buccaneers and Pirates of our Coasts is a rolicking collection of true stories of the origins of piracy and of the famous pirates of the coasts of the United States. The stories don't cast pirates in the glowing light of modern day renditions – in Stockton's iconoclastic world, real pirates are bad guys- and women – and his masterful and dramatic true stories are more exciting than fiction!
Often humorous, sometimes chilling, always intriguing, these true stories describe the exploits of such notorious maritime marauders as Blackbeard, Henry Morgan, Jean Lafitte, Captain Kidd, and other lesser known but equally cutthroat brigands. Stockton writes of "a grim subject in a spirit both comic and romantic." —The Dictionary of American Biography
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Frank R. Stockton (1834-1902), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was one of the best-known humorists in America during the nineteenth century. His gifts as an author of such imaginative children’s tales as THE FLOATING PRINCE AND OTHER FAIRY TALES (1881), THE LADY OR THE TIGER? (1884), and THE BEE-MAN OF ORN AND OTHER FANCIFUL TALES (1887), have gained renewed respect in recent years.
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