Captain Frederick Marryat

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Captain Frederick Marryat is known today as the inventor of the adventurous, military maritime novel. Sixty years ago, his name was known to any literate reader of English since his novels had shaped the imaginations of nearly all English readers for at least a hundred years after 1840, especially those who went on to write novels of adventure. Later exponents of the genre include R.M. Ballantyne (1825-94) whose most famous work is

The Coral Island: A Tale of the Pacific

Ocean (1858), C. S. Forester (1899-1966) with his Hornblower novels (1937-67), Patrick O’Brian (1914-2000) notably with his

Master and Commander

(1989), and William Golding (1911-1993) with his sea-trilogy

To the Ends of the Earth


Close Quarters


Fire Down Below

(1989) and

Rites of Passage



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Citation: Clark, Robert. "Captain Frederick Marryat". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 July 2019 [, accessed 21 June 2024.]

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