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A Pirate Of Exquisite Mind Diana Preston

A Pirate Of Exquisite Mind By Diana Preston

A Pirate Of Exquisite Mind by Diana Preston


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William Dampier, (1651-1715), was an English adventurer and pirate who preyed on ships on the Spanish Main. A unique man ahead of his time, he lived a large part of his life among pirates yet managed to preserve what Coleridge called his "exquisite refinement of mind".

A Pirate Of Exquisite Mind Summary

A Pirate Of Exquisite Mind: The Life Of William Dampier by Diana Preston

William Dampier, (1651-1715), was an English adventurer and pirate who preyed on ships on the Spanish Main. Poor and ill-educated and determined to make his fortune, he nonetheless had a passion for exploration and scientific research.

Dampier was the first to map the winds and currents of the world's oceans; led the first recorded party of Englishmen to set foot on Australia - 80 years before Cook; wrote about Galapagos wildlife 150 years before Darwin, who drew on Dampier's notes in his own work; was the first travel writer: A NEW VOYAGE AROUND THE WORLD was instant bestseller when it was published in 1697 - said to have influenced the novels of Swift and Defoe.

A man full of contradictions: he who achieved so much 'blew it' later in life, declining into scandal, failure and even farce. A unique man ahead of his time, he lived a large part of his life among pirates yet managed to preserve what Coleridge called his "exquisite refinement of mind". A classic example of the best narrative history.

A Pirate Of Exquisite Mind Reviews

Lively... extraordinary life - an unlikely combination of plundering and pioneering achievements in natural history and exploration * The Sunday Times *
Gripping and well-researched... An impressive achievement * Guardian *
This long overdue biography wonderfully brings to life one of the most important explorers of the seventeenth century -- Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea
This eloquently enthusiastic biography, besides charting Dampier's astonishing achievements, offers fascinating information about his times * The Age, Melbourne *

About Diana Preston

Diana Preston is an Oxford-trained historian, writer, and broadcaster who lives in London. She is the author of The Road to Culloden Moor; A First Rate Tragedy: Robert Falcon Scott and the Race to the South Pole; The Boxer Rebellion and Wilful Murder: The Sinking of the Lusitania. Michael Preston, Diana Preston's husband, read English at Oxford University and is now an historian and traveller.

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GOR001292906
9780552772105
0552772100
A Pirate Of Exquisite Mind: The Life Of William Dampier by Diana Preston
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Transworld Publishers Ltd
2005-04-01
512
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