Children of the New Forest (version 2)
The Children of the New Forest is a children's novel published in 1847 by Frederick Marryat. It is set in the time of the English Civil War and the Commonwealth. The story follows the fortunes of the four Beverley children who are orphaned during the war, and hide from their Roundhead oppressors in the shelter of the New Forest where they learn to live off the land.
First Page:The Children of the New Forest, by Captain Marryat.
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.
"The Children of the New Forest" was published in 1847, the twenty fourth book to flow from Marryat's pen, and the last published whilst he was still alive. It was written for children, and has been phenomenally succesful: it is still in print over 150 years later.
This e text was transcribed in 1998 by Nick Hodson, and was reformatted in 2003, and again in 2005.
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