Daniel Defoe: A General History of the Pyrates

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Any reader of A General History of the Pyrates, the primary historical artefact of the Golden Age of Piracy, needs to be aware of the debate surrounding authorship. It originally bore the name of Captain Charles Johnson, about whom nothing else is known, and whose Dictionary of National Biography entry is based solely on his supposed authorship of the History. In 1932, John Robert Moore suggested that Johnson was yet another pseudonym for Daniel Defoe, the early novelist, maritime enthusiast, and sometime commentator on piracy through his various political …

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Seager, Nicholas. "A General History of the Pyrates". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 August 2007
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