Patrick O'Brian by Patrick O'Brian
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Patrick O'Brian is the well-known author of the Aubrey/Maturin novels, set during the Napoleonic wars. They are acknowledged by critics and readers alike as classic works of fiction and are attracting an increasingly wide audience. Patrick O'Brian is also a translator of note and the author of several biographies and other works of nonfiction. His first books appeared over forty years ago to wide and enduring critical acclaim.
 

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Published August 1, 1994 by W. W. Norton & Company. 184 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Patrick O'Brian: A Life Revealed Dean King Hodder & Stoughton £18.99, pp304 Buy it at BOL I read most of Patrick O'Brian's celebrated sea novels as they came out, and reviewed several of them.

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The Guardian

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Patrick O'Brian by Nikolai Tolstoy Century £20, pp496 As a writer, Patrick O'Brian, historical novelist extraordinaire, is well loved, and highly regarded, especially when one considers how snotty people are about genre fiction.

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Publishers Weekly

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After navigating the bestselling Aubrey-Maturin novels' far-flung geography and obscure terminology (in Harbors and High Seas, etc.), King discovered in 1997 that the reclusive O'Brian had invented his own life story as well as his characters'--beginning with changing his name from Richard Patric...

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Entertainment Weekly

Researching this biography, however, led King to O'Brian's previous life -- as one Richard Patrick Russ, a British-born (not Irish, as he claimed) writer of animal stories and dour novels, and a man so emotionally constipated that in 1940 he abandoned his first wife, a toddler son, and an infant ...

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London Review of Books

The glory went to his head and he made an absurd request to be promoted master and commander, a rank that then stood between lieutenant and post-captain: absurd, because it was foreign to naval tradition, and Cook himself had made his first voyage as a lieutenant.

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The Paris Review

(“I had been reading naval history for years and years, and I knew a fair amount about the sea: I wrote the tale in little more than a month, laughing most of the time.”) The novel is a lark, and had, as its author later noted, “pleasant consequences.” Among those are the now seventeen volumes of...

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