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Pirate Literature


Pirates have captured our imaginations with their adventures at sea, with bloody battles and buried treasures. Read about pirate literature.

1. The Pirate Hunter

The Pirate Hunter: Captain Kidd
by Richard Zacks. Hyperion. As he plays the part of literary detective, Richard Zacks takes us through the sordid tale of Captain Kidd. We know that "Over the centuries, novelists, relentless treasure hunters, and even historians have stoked [Captain Kidd's] pirate legend." Now, with this book, we not only get the story from the people who were there, but also from great writers of the 17th century.

2. Under the Black Flag: The Romance and Reality

Under the Black Flag: Pirates
by David Cordingly. Longitude. This book tells the tales of Blackbeard, Henry Morgan, and Captain Kidd, as well as the stories of Anne Bonny and Mary Read.

3. The Pirates Own Book: Authentic Narratives

by Charles Ellms. Dover Publications. "The Pirates Own Book" was originally published in 1837. Find the pirate stories of Blackbeard, Jean Lafitte, Robert Kidd, Edward Low, and Anne Bonney.

4. The Atrocities of the Pirates

by Aaron Smith and Robert S. Redmond. Globe Pequot Press. This tale of Smith, a young man captured by pirates, was first published in 1824.

5. A General History of Pyrates

by Daniel Defoe, Manuel Schonhorn (Editor). Dover Publications. Defoe recounts the daring and bloody deeds of such outlaws as Edward Teach (alias Blackbeard), Captain Kidd, Mary Read, Anne Bonny, many others. New Introduction provides insights into the origins and significance of this important historical work."

6. Pirates!: Brigands, Buccaneers, and Privateers

by Jan Rogozinski. Perseus Books. This book explores the various facets of pirate literature, from ancient pirates to Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island and beyond.

7. Piracy in the Ancient World

by Henry A. Ormerod. Johns Hopkins University Press. The author draws from Homer and Thucydides (along with historical records from ancient Greece and Rome)--to uncover evidence of their responses to sea attack (piracy).

8. Treasure Island

by Robert Louis Stevenson. Oxford University Press. Written for boys, Treasure Island has sparked the imaginations of people of all ages. It's the tale of Jim Hawkins and his adventure with Long John Silver and his band of pirates.

9. Bandits at Sea

Dr. C. R. Pennell. New York University Press. This book delves into the true history of piracy--to differentiate fact from fiction.

10. Piracy in the Graeco-Roman World

by Philip de Souza. Cambridge University Press. This book explores works by ancient writers, including Homer and Cicero--to discuss political, social and literary contexts.

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