Dafoe or Johnson?

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Dafoe or Johnson?

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abr. 7, 2007, 12:14pm

Hah! Just got my copy of Captain Charles Johnson's book! I haven't read it since university, as I couldn't find an affordable copy. Turns out, Conway Maritime Press is publishing it now, and it's relatively cheap, too!
Now I had always heard that Daniel Dafoe was really the author of this book, but the introduction says that that theory was quite thoroughly debunked in the 80's. Any thoughts?

abr. 25, 2007, 9:37pm

I seem to recall reading that that notion had been debunked as well... but I don't really know. I also haven't read the book... how good is it? Does it have stories a moderately well-read pirate history connoisseur wouldn't know already? Or is it mostly just of interest because of its historical value?

abr. 26, 2007, 7:52am

Bit of both...most of the pirate stories we read today are based on pirates and stories in Johnson's book. You can get the big two volume one written in the original English, or you can get a smaller one with only the more well known pirates in modernised English. I ordered the second one by mistake :-( It is really good! A bit dry in places and written as biography, so if you want a big swashbuckley action packed Captain Blood style book, this isn't it. But as a historical document it is invaluable, and there are some great descriptions of various islands and African countries as well. Some of the pirates in the book are completely made up, but you can read about that in other books if you are a historian... all in all I really like it, but on the other hand, I really love 18th century narrative style and alot of people find it slow.