Selkirk's Island

Selkirk's Island

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Houghton
A fascinating account of piracy, betrayal, and raw survival on the high seas and dry land,Selkirk's Island rediscovers the amazing tale of an eighteenth-century legend. Born a poor Scotsman, Alexander Selkirk signed with William Dampier, a pirate who was as famous for his self-promotion as for his naval success, on an ill-fated quest to pillage the famous Manila galleon. After a series of scuffles with the captain, Selkirk was put ashore on an island three hundred miles west of South America. Alone and with little more than the clothes on his back, Selkirk spent four long years learning to survive.
Drawing on Selkirk's own testimony, that of his rescuers and fellow crewmen, and petitions from two women who each claimed to be his wife, celebrated biographer Diana Souhami uncovers the truth behind the strangeness and wonder of a forgotten man and his unforgettable experience.


Baker & Taylor
The acclaimed author of The Trials of Radclyffe Hall offers a fascinating account of the life and experiences of Alexander Selkirk, whose adventures and solitary struggle for survival after being marooned on a desert island inspired Daniel Defoe's classic novel Robinson Crusoe. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

Harcourt Publishing
A fascinating account of piracy, betrayal, and raw survival on the high seas and dry land, Selkirk's Island rediscovers the amazing tale of an eighteenth-century legend. Born a poor Scotsman, Alexander Selkirk signed with William Dampier, a pirate who was as famous for his self-promotion as for his naval success, on an ill-fated quest to pillage the famous Manila galleon. After a series of scuffles with the captain, Selkirk was put ashore on an island three hundred miles west of South America. Alone and with little more than the clothes on his back, Selkirk spent four long years learning to survive.
Drawing on Selkirk's own testimony, that of his rescuers and fellow crewmen, and petitions from two women who each claimed to be his wife, celebrated biographer Diana Souhami uncovers the truth behind the strangeness and wonder of a forgotten man and his unforgettable experience.


Blackwell North Amer
Who was the real Robinson Crusoe? And what did he really experience during his solitary stay on a desert island? Souhami's revelatory account of piracy, betrayal, and raw survival in the eighteenth century leads us to the answers to both these questions.

Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2001
ISBN: 9780156027175
9780297643852
0156027178
0297643851
9780151005260
0151005265
Characteristics: 246 p. : ill ; 23 cm

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