Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton: A Biography

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A New York Times best-seller when it was first published, Rice's biography is the gripping story of a fierce, magnetic, and brilliant man whose real-life accomplishments are the stuff of legend. Rice retraces Burton's steps as the first European adventurer to search for the source of the Nile; to enter, disguised, the forbidden cities of Mecca and Medina; and to travel through remote stretches of India, the Near East, and Africa. From his spying exploits to his startling literary accomplishments (the discovery ...

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Overview

A New York Times best-seller when it was first published, Rice's biography is the gripping story of a fierce, magnetic, and brilliant man whose real-life accomplishments are the stuff of legend. Rice retraces Burton's steps as the first European adventurer to search for the source of the Nile; to enter, disguised, the forbidden cities of Mecca and Medina; and to travel through remote stretches of India, the Near East, and Africa. From his spying exploits to his startling literary accomplishments (the discovery and translation of the Kama Sutra and his seventeen-volume translation of Arabian Nights), Burton was an engrossing, larger-than-life Victorian figure, and Rice's splendid biography lays open a portrayal as dramatic, complicated, and compelling as the man himself.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306810282
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 702
  • Sales rank: 376,657
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Rice is the author of twenty books, including The Man in the Sycamore Tree, Margaret Mead, and John Frum He Come. He lives in Sagaponack, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2003

    I wish all biographies were written with such a delivery!

    This is a masterpiece - if you are remotly interested in Sir Richard Burton you will be thrilled with the way he packages together this man's life

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

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    An Enigma Unsolved

    Edward Rice has written an interesting life of the controversial Burton. I feel that he tried to cover the entire spectrum of Sir Richard's life without really explaining why he was so famous and important. Was it Burton the explorer, Burton the writer, or Burton the (in)famous lover? I would be interested it reading a book that concentrates on Burton the explorer.His life seemed to be anti-climax after he returned from his trek to find the source of the Nile. A writer like Roland Huntford or the late Stephen Ambrose could make that adventurous part of his life mesmerizing.

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