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Mr. Midshipman Easy

Mr. Midshipman Easy by Frederick Marryat
By: (1792-1848)

One of the first novel-length pieces of nautical fiction, MR. MIDSHIPMAN EASY (1836) is a funny and easygoing account of the adventures of Jack Easy, a son of privilege who joins the Royal Navy. The work begins as a satire on Jack’s attachment to “the rights of man” that may try the listener’s patience. But despair not, for the story soon settles down as the philosophical midshipman begins his many triumphs over bullies, foul weather, and various damned foreigners of murderous intent.

Caveat audiens: This novel employs racial/ethnic epithets and religious stereotypes, as well as taking a rather sunny view of supply-side economics. In short, there's something here to offend almost everyone.

Frederick Marryat (1792-1848) entered the Royal Navy as a 14-year-old midshipman. He resigned his commission at the rank of captain after 24 years of service to devote his time to writing.

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Mr Midshipman Easy, by Captain Marryat.

[See also etext 6629, a different print edition of this book produced by John Edward Heaton]

Captain Frederick Marryat was born July 10 1792, and died August 8 1848. He retired from the British navy in 1828 in order to devote himself to writing. In the following 20 years he wrote 26 books, many of which are among the very best of English literature, and some of which are still in print.

Marryat had an extraordinary gift for the invention of episodes in his stories. He says somewhere that when he sat down for the day's work, he never knew what he was going to write. He certainly was a literary genius.

"Mr Midshipman Easy" was published in 1846, the ninth book to flow from Marryat's pen.

This e text was transcribed in 1998 by Nick Hodson, and was reformatted in 2003, and again in 2005.




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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 3 reviews)

Reviewer: - March 11, 2016
Subject: Mr Midshipman Easy
Adrian Praetzellis does an excellent job of narrating an entertain 'yarn'. Will particularly interest those inclined to all things nautical and philosophical.
Reviewer: - April 30, 2013
Subject: Mr. Midshipman Easy
Adrian Praetzellis narrates this wonderfully. A very enjoyable book. Marryat has a fresh style of writing that never sounds dated.
Reviewer: - January 6, 2013
Subject: midshipment easy
very good

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