(1792 - 1848)
Captain Frederick Marryat (July 10, 1792 – August 9, 1848) was an English Royal Navy officer, novelist, and a contemporary and acquaintance of Charles Dickens, noted today as an early pioneer of the sea story. He is now known particularly for the semi-autobiographical novel Mr Midshipman Easy and his children’s novel The Children of the New Forest, and for a widely used system of maritime flag signalling, known as Marryat’s Code.
During the English civil war, a family of children take to the woods to escape from the Parliamentary forces. Read for free online at Google Books.
When the Roundheads triumph in the English civil war they burn down the Beverley family’s home. The orphaned children escape to the forest where they are taken in by Jacob Armitage, an old family servant. As in a Robinsonnade, they must learn to earn their own living while surrounded by deadly enemies.
A family of Royalist children take to the woods to escape from their Puritan persecuters. A Robinsonnade in Merry England.
One of the first novels of the British navy. Read for free online at HathiTrust.
This is a robinsonnade written by a captain in the British navy. A family going to settle in Australia is wrecked on a desert island and the old seaman, Ready, helps them survive. Read online at Internet Archive: Volume 1, and Volume 2, and Volume 3.
This is a robinsonnade written by a captain in the British navy. A family going to settle in Australia is wrecked on a desert island and the old seaman, Ready, helps them survive.
Mr. Midshipman Easy (1836)
Young Jack Easy has assimilated his father's theory of the equality of man, but has yet to reconcile it with things as they are, so is sent to sea to learn a little discipline. This combination of adventure story, satire and humor was the best-written of its author's books and has remained popular to this day.
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Mr. Midshipman Easy (1895)
A young man, who seems very like a fool, is sent to sea and makes good.
Mr. Midshipman Easy (1896)
This novel based on the author's service in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812 combines naval adventure, satire and humor. It is perhaps the best written of the author's works from a literary point of view, being compared by one critic to an updated version of Don Quixote. Read online at archive.org.