Michael Scott (1789-1835) was the son of a Glasgow merchant. His frequent ocean trips to manage estates in Jamaica led to his first book, Tom Cringle’s Log, which was serialized in Blackwood’s magazine in 1829. His fiction was published anonymously and Scott was not known as an author until after his death.
The Cruise of the Midge (Barnes & Noble Digital Library]by Michael Scott
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The perils of the colonial Caribbean depicted in Scott’s fiction—including slavers and pirates—came from the author’s experience. Michael Scott’s first book, Tom Cringle’s Log, was a series of sketches, but this second naval adventure is a tense novel-length saga. Critics have compared Scott’s writings to Marryat, Cooper, and even Dickens.
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