Persons, Animals, Ships and Cannon in the Aubrey-Maturin Sea Novels of Patrick O'Brian

Persons, Animals, Ships and Cannon in the Aubrey-Maturin Sea Novels of Patrick O'Brian

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by Anthony Gary Brown
     
 

This book catalogs every person, animal, ship and cannon mentioned by name in Patrick O'Brian's series on the maritime adventures of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. The novels, renowned for their "far-ranging web of wit and allusion," teem with thousands of characters and ships, both imaginary and historical.

From Master and Commander to The Hundred Days, this

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This book catalogs every person, animal, ship and cannon mentioned by name in Patrick O'Brian's series on the maritime adventures of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. The novels, renowned for their "far-ranging web of wit and allusion," teem with thousands of characters and ships, both imaginary and historical.

From Master and Commander to The Hundred Days, this dictionary distinguishes the fictional from the factual, making a useful series companion for both the casual reader and the most ardent O'Brian fans. Each of the more than 4,500 alphabetized entries provides a reference to the novels and chapters in which the topic appears. Additionally, biographical notes on the historical figures are included, with sources provided in an annotated bibliography.

Editorial Reviews

Harper's Magazine - Lewis Lapham
I thought Anthony Gary Brown's companion to the Aubrey-Maturin novels as indispensable as a mainmast or a compass for any reader who would put to sea in their company
American Heritage Magazine - Richard F. Snow
what an astonishing piece of work it is! And a valuable one, too. I am very glad to have [this] book to draw on, and I know that other O'Brian enthusiasts will be as well
The Royal Navy Museum in The Northern Mariner/Le Marin du Nord: The Journal of the Canadian Nautical Research Society - Colin White
offers some interesting answers...insightful introduction...an ambitious listing, with accompanying notes, of all the characters and ships...brings to the task an erudition that is a worthy match for O'Brian's...one of those reference works that is genuinely difficult to put down, with one entry cross-referencing to another in an enthralling intellectual trail...whether used as a companion to the novels or as a work of reference in its own right, this book is a most useful and enjoyable tool...clear, sharp typeface...includes a useful annotated bibliography and a guide to the complex chronology of the novels
Booknews
Catalogs every person, animal, ship, and cannon mentioned by name in Patrick O'Brian's 19-volume series on the maritime adventures of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. Some 4,500 entries distinguish fact from fiction in the series of novels, provide a reference to the novels and chapters in which a topic appears, and offer biographical notes on historical figures. Brown is a writer and business consultant. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786406845
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/01/1999
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Gary Brown, a native of England raised in a Royal Navy family, earned his D.Phil. from Oxford. A dealer in rare books and manuscripts he lives in New York.

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