Rafael Sabatini





Rafael Sabatini


Born
in Jesi, Italy
April 29, 1875

Died
February 13, 1950

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Rafael Sabatini (1875 - 1950) was an Italian/British writer of novels of romance and adventure. At a young age, Rafael was exposed to many languages. By the time he was seventeen, he was the master of five languages. He quickly added a sixth language - English - to his linguistic collection. After a brief stint in the business world, Sabatini went to work as a writer. He wrote short stories in the 1890s, and his first novel came out in 1902. Sabatini was a prolific writer; he produced a new book approximately every year. He consciously chose to write in his adopted language, because, he said, "all the best stories are written in English. " In all, he produced thirty one novels, eight short story collections, six nonfiction books, numerous u ...more

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Captain Blood Returns

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The Fortunes of Captain Blood

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The Black Swan

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Bellarion

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The Tavern Knight

3.42 avg rating — 214 ratings — published 1904 — 51 editions
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Mistress Wilding

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“He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.”
Rafael Sabatini, Scaramouche

“But I like my madness. There is a thrill in it unknown to such sanity as yours. ~ Book 1, Chapter 9,”
Rafael Sabatini, Scaramouche

“...it is human nature, I suppose, to be futile and ridiculous.”
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Polls

February 2017 New School Classic Poll

Beloved by Toni Morrison, 324 pgs, 1987
 
  52 votes, 19.1%

 
  52 votes, 19.1%

 
  32 votes, 11.8%

I, Claudius by Robert Graves, 468 pgs, 1934
 
  25 votes, 9.2%

 
  20 votes, 7.4%

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, 231 pgs, 1939
 
  16 votes, 5.9%

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates, 355 pgs, 1961
 
  16 votes, 5.9%

 
  13 votes, 4.8%

Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler, 216 pgs, 1940
 
  11 votes, 4.0%

Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini, 236 pgs, 1922
 
  10 votes, 3.7%

 
  8 votes, 2.9%

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich, 367 pgs, 1984
 
  7 votes, 2.6%

Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges, 174 pgs, 1944
 
  7 votes, 2.6%

Centennial by James A. Michener, 1056 pgs, 1974
 
  3 votes, 1.1%

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