Patrick O'Brian's historic naval adventure novels were solely the pleasure of British readers until the late '80s; but for Americans, it's better late than never. The appearance of the author's Aubrey-Maturin series in the States, with its compelling protagonists and rich period detail from the Napoleonic Wars, earned thousands of fans including Iris Murdoch, Eudora Welty and Tom Stoppard.
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Also Known As:
Richard Patrick Russ
Date of Birth:
December 12, 1914
Place of Birth:
Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire
Date of Death:
January 2, 2000
|Place of Death:
Shebbear College, Devon
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|Before Aubrey-Maturin||Aubrey and Maturin's Menu|
|The Unknown Shore|
O'Brian's first two novels drew inspiration from Commodore George Anson's fateful circumnavigation of the globe in 1740. This second novel, with its tale of survival involving two young shipmates, prefigures the Aubrey-Maturin books.
|Lobscouse and Spotted Dog|
Anne Chotzinoff Grossman, Lisa Thomas
If you are an Aubrey-Maturin fan, you may know that Drowned Baby, Spotted Dog and Soused Hog's Face are all edible dishes. Even if you don't get up the courage to try any of the authentic recipes in this "gastronomic companion," you'll have fun reading about their origins.