A Pirate of Exquisite Mind

A Pirate of Exquisite Mind : The Life of William Dampier: Explorer, Naturalist, and Buccaneer

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Seventeenth-century pirate genius William Dampier sailed around the world three times when crossing the Pacific was a major feat, was the first explorer to visit all five continents, and reached Australia eighty years before Captain Cook. His exploits created a sensation in Europe. Swift and Defoe used his experiences in writing Gulliver's Travels and Robinson Crusoe. Darwin incorporated his concept of "sub-species" into the theory of evolution. Dampier's description of breadfruit was the impetus for Captain Bligh's voyage on the Bounty. He was so influential that today he has more than one thousand entries in the Oxford English Dictionary, including such words as chopsticks, barbecue, and kumquat. Anthropologists still use his work.show more

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  • Paperback | 372 pages
  • 160.02 x 241.3 x 30.48mm | 430.91g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 042520037X
  • 9780425200377
  • 267,330

About Diana Preston

Diana Preston is an Oxford-trained historian, writer, and broadcaster who lives in London, England. She is the author of The Road to Culloden Moor: Bonnie Prince Charlie and the 45 Rebellion and A First Rate Tragedy: Robert Falcon Scott and the Race to the South Pole."show more

Table of contents

A Pirate of Exquisite MindAcknowledgments Prologue Part I: The Adventurer I. A Self-Conceited Young Man II. A Great Prospect of Getting Money Here III. To Seek a Subsistence IV. A Door to the South Seas Part II: The Buccaneer V. That Sacred Hunger of Gold VI. Two Fat Monkeys VII. The Bachelor's Delight VIII. The Enchanted Islands IX. We Ran for It Part III: The Traveler X. You Would Have Poisened Them XI. As White as Milk and as Soft as Cream XII. This Mad Crew XIII. New-Gotten Library XIV. Our Little Ark XV. Gut Rot and Gunpowder XVI. The Painted Prince Part IV: The Celebrity XVII. The Rover's Return XVIII. Good Copy XIX. Dampier's Voyage Takes so Wonderfully XX. Kiss My Arse XXI. Shark's Bay XXII. A Flame of Fire XXIII. Not a Fit Person Part V: The Ancient Mariner XXIV. Brandy Enough XXV. The Manila Galleon at Last Epilogue Notes and Sources Bibliography Art Credits Indexshow more

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