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The Life of Sir Richard Burton   By: (1859-1936)

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In "The Life of Sir Richard Burton" by Thomas Wright, readers are taken on an epic journey through the life of an extraordinary explorer and adventurer. Wright's detailed and insightful biography provides a comprehensive account of the many facets of Sir Richard Burton's life, from his early days in England to his daring exploits in far-flung corners of the world.

What sets this book apart is the meticulous research and attention to detail displayed by the author. Wright leaves no stone unturned as he delves into Burton's childhood, academic pursuits, and military career, setting the stage for his future endeavors. The author's ability to seamlessly blend historical facts with personal anecdotes and vivid descriptions transports readers to the exotic locales Burton visited.

One of the book's greatest strengths is its exploration of Burton's insatiable curiosity and unquenchable thirst for knowledge. From his pioneering exploration of Africa and the Middle East to his investigations into the rituals and practices of various cultures, Burton emerges as a true Renaissance man ahead of his time. Wright captures Burton's intellectual prowess and his genuine fascination with the world around him, making it impossible for readers not to be captivated by his story.

Moreover, Wright does not shy away from examining the controversies and complexities of Burton's life. He delves into the challenges and criticisms faced by Burton, including accusations of misrepresentation and cultural insensitivity. By presenting a balanced and nuanced depiction of Burton, the author enables readers to form their own judgments while appreciating the magnitude of his accomplishments.

The prose in "The Life of Sir Richard Burton" is engaging and accessible. Wright's writing style is both informative and entertaining, seamlessly integrating historical facts with captivating storytelling. Whether recounting thrilling expeditions or delving into the intricacies of Burton's personal relationships, the author ensures that readers remain invested in the narrative from beginning to end.

While the depth of information and detailed accounts may be overwhelming for some readers, those with a keen interest in explorer biographies or Victorian-era history will find this book to be a treasure trove of knowledge. Wright's passion for his subject shines through, making "The Life of Sir Richard Burton" a riveting and enlightening read.

In conclusion, Thomas Wright's "The Life of Sir Richard Burton" is a comprehensive and engrossing biography that does justice to its remarkable subject. Through a seamless blend of meticulous research, vivid storytelling, and thought-provoking analysis, Wright invites readers on a captivating journey into the life and mind of one of history's greatest explorers. Whether one is familiar with Sir Richard Burton or encountering his story for the first time, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to understand the life and legacy of this extraordinary individual.

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By Thomas Wright

Author of "The Life of Edward Fitzgerald," etc.

2 Volumes in 1

This Work is Dedicated to Sir Richard Burton's Kinsman And Friend, Major St. George Richard Burton, The Black Watch.


Fifteen years have elapsed since the death of Sir Richard Burton and twelve since the appearance of the biography of Lady Burton. A deeply pathetic interest attaches itself to that book. Lady Burton was stricken down with an incurable disease. Death with its icy breath hung over her as her pen flew along the paper, and the questions constantly on her lips were "Shall I live to complete my task? Shall I live to tell the world how great and noble a man my husband was, and to refute the calumnies that his enemies have so industriously circulated?" She did complete it in a sense, for the work duly appeared; but no one recognised more clearly than herself its numerous shortcomings. Indeed, it is little better than a huge scrap book filled with newspaper cuttings and citations from Sir Richard's and other books, hurriedly selected and even more hurriedly pieced together. It gives the impressions of Lady Burton alone, for those of Sir Richard's friends are ignored so we see Burton from only one point of view... Continue reading book >>

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