Mr. Midshipman Easy by Captain Frederick Marryat

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Jack Easy, a midshipman in the Royal Navy, is a man with a particular socialistic philosophy, which he has adopted ironically from his wealthy father. More satirical comedy than treatise on economic philosophy, "Mr. Midshipman Easy" is a coming of age story of its title character, who while at sea befriends a lower deck seaman named Mesty, an escaped slave, who had been a prince in Africa. Mesty is sympathetic to Easy's philosophy however by the end of the novel real world experiences shift both of their perspectives to a more conventional view of economic philosophy. Captain Frederick Marryat's own experience as a midshipman in the Royal Navy is evident in the depictions of early 19th century maritime life of this novel. "Mr. Midshipman Easy" is a lighthearted comedic tale of maritime adventure set during the golden age of maritime travel.

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A master of the sea tale, Marryat wrote novels that deal with life in the English Navy, in which he himself served. His stories were written for children but were read by old and young alike. "Masterman Ready" (1841) at one time stood next to "Robinson Crusoe" in popularity with boy readers. "Peter Simple" (1834) is the most autobiographical of the novels, "Mr. Midshipman Easy" (1836), the most humorous. "Percival Keene" (1842), the least estimable of his heroes, is a melodramatic story. "The Little Savage" (1848) is a horror tale of remarkable power, strong in plot and character development. Marryat's novels are all didactic, but his moral lessons never intrude or offend. The details of his adventurous life, so far as they are known, are well described in Oliver Warner's "Captain Marryat: A Rediscovery." "A Diary in America" appeared first in 1839. The recognition now given to Marryat as a source for social history is fully deserved, since his opinionated account of his journey gives us "an invaluable view of American life at the time when Jacksonian democracy was in full development in the new nation.
Published July 1, 2004 by 224 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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