Edward Trelawny really did lead the life of a reckless Romantic hero, and in this autobiography he felt free to embellish upon his experience with no less brilliant abandon. Freedom to do what one chooses, no matter the cost or consequences, is the overriding theme of Adventures of a Younger Son, in which Trelawny tells of his struggle for ...
Edward Trelawny really did lead the life of a reckless Romantic hero, and in this autobiography he felt free to embellish upon his experience with no less brilliant abandon. Freedom to do what one chooses, no matter the cost or consequences, is the overriding theme of Adventures of a Younger Son, in which Trelawny tells of his struggle for independence from his domineering father, of his going to sea (he had fought pirates with the British Navy in the South Seas; here, though, he becomes one), and of his love for the daughter of a Greek rebel chieftain. The wonderfully exciting story Trelawny has to tell is made all the more memorable by his vigorous and unpretentious prose and gift for bold description -- qualities that contribute a gritty realism to even the most spectacular of his inventions.
Very Good Minus. 8vo-over 7? "-9? " tall Red cloth, 477pp. Edited and introduced by William St. Clair, this work, first published in 1831, was originally thought to be an autobiography, but it's mostly fictional and something of a classic in English literature. Clean, tight, sound copy. Library discard, as is. White library labels on spine; corners slighlty bent. Bookplate on front free endpaper. Stamping and card pocket on rear free endpaper.
Cloth, dj, F/VG. xxiv+477pp, b/w map, a fine copy in a spine faded, near fine dustjacket. A mainly fictional account of the life of a British Naval Officer who deserts & seeks adventure in India. Once held to be a true tale of a self styled Pirate's life, modern research found much of the account to be fiction. For instance Trewlany descibes himself as deserting, when in fact he was honourably discharged from the Navy in 1812. When first published in 1831 the book was a sensation & Trewlany was hailed as the hero he held himself to be. Edward John Trewlany [ 1792 – 1881 ], novelist, adventurerer & biographer ( Of Shelley & Byron ).
This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside. This book has hardback covers. In fair condition, suitable as a study copy. No dust jacket. Date unknown, possible reprint. Cloth bound. Gilt lettering on spine and front board. Boards and edges worn. Binding splitting, some pages torn.
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