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William Hope Hodgson

William Hope Hodgson, the son of an Essex clergyman, spent eight years at sea as a merchant seaman, sailing around the world three times and receiving the Royal Humane Society's medal for saving a life at sea. He published his first story in 1904 and his first novel, THE BOATS OF THE 'GLEN CARRIG', IN 1907. He was killed in the First World War.