Rafael Sabatini, 1875-1950

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Biographical note

Italian/British writer of novels of romance and adventure. He wrote short stories in the 1890s, and his first novel came out in 1902. It took Sabatini roughly a quarter of a century of hard work before he attained success with Scaramouche in 1921. The novel, a historical romantic set during the French Revolution, became an international best-seller. It was followed by the equally successful Captain Blood in 1922. All of his earlier books were rushed into reprints, the most popular of which was The Sea Hawk from 1915. Sabatini was a prolific writer; he produced a new book approximately every year, and maintained a great deal of popularity with the reading public through the decades that followed.

Works

Novels

Collections

  • The Justice of the Duke [1912]
  • The Banner of the Bull [1915]
  • The Nuptials of Corbal [1927]
  • The Reaping [1929]
  • The Chronicles of Captain Blood (Captain Blood Returns) [1931]
  • The Fortunes of Captain Blood [1936]
  • Turbulent Tales [1946]
  • Sinner, Saint And Jester: A Trilogy in Romantic Adventure (omnibus, 1954]
  • In the Shadow of the Guillotine (Omnibus comprising Scaramouche, The Marquis of Carabas and The Lost King ,1955]
  • A Fair Head of Angling Stories [1989]
  • The Fortunes of Casanova and Other Stories [1994, stories originally published 1907-21 & 1934]
  • The Outlaws of Falkensteig (2000, stories originally published 1900-2]
  • The Camisade: And Other Stories of the French Revolution (2001, stories originally published 1900-16]
  • Collected Stories
    1. The Red Mask (1898)
    2. The Curate and the Actress (1899)
    3. The Fool's Love Story (1899)
    4. Mr. Dewbury's Consent (1906)
    5. The Baker of Rousillon (1906)
    6. Wirgman's Theory (1906)
    7. The Abduction (1908)
    8. Monsieur Delamort (1909)
    9. The Foster Lover (1910)
    10. The Blackmailer (1912)
    11. The Justice of the Duke (1912)
    12. The Ordeal (1913)
    13. The Tapestried Room (1913)
    14. The Wedding Gift (1913)
    15. The Sword of Islam (1914)
    16. In Destiny's Clutch (1921)
  • The Plague of Ghosts and Other Stories
    1. The Risen Dead ['The Storyteller' December 1907]
    2. The Bargain ['The Storyteller' July 1908]
    3. The Opportunist ['Premier Magazine' July 1920]
    4. The Plague of Ghosts ['The Storyteller' September 1907]
    5. The Sword of Islam ['Premier Magazine' Auguest 1914]
    6. The Poachers ['Premier Magazine' December 1915]
    7. The Sentimentalist ['Premier Magazine' December 1919]
    8. Duroc ['Weekly Tale-Teller' October 1915]
    9. Kynaston's Reckoning ['Premier Magazine' November 1914]
    10. Jack o'Lantern ['Strand Magazine' 1937]
  • Casanova's Alibi and Other Stories
    1. Casanova's Alibi
      ['Premier Magazine' September 1914. Reprinted in 'Turbulent Tales' 1946. Reprinted as 'The Alibi' in 'The Fortunes of Casanova and Other Stories' 1994]
    2. The Augmentation of Mercury ('Grand Magazine' March 1918)
    3. The Priest of Mars ('Grand Magazine' April 1918)
    4. The Oracle ('Grand Magazine' May 1918)
    5. Under the Leads ('Grand Magazine' June 1918)
    6. The Night of Escape ('Premier Magazine' June 1917. Reprinted in 'The Historical Night's entertainment', Series I, 1917)
    7. The Rooks and the Hawk ('Grand Magazine' July 1918)
    8. The Polish Duel ('Grand Magazine' August 1918)
    9. Casanova in Madrid ('Premier Magazine' July 1921. Reprinted in 'The Fortunes of Casanova and Other Stories' 1994 as 'The Alabaster Hand')

Plays

  • The Tyrant: An Episode in the Career of Cesare Borgia, a Play in Four Acts [1925]

Nonfiction

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