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Pirate Tales

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Questa ampia antologia rievoca le imprese di Long John Silver, Henry Morgan e altri personaggi ispirati all’epoca d’oro della della pirateria. Una raccolta di classici della letteratura, da Robinson Crusoe a L’isola misteriosa, accompagnata da illustrazioni accattivanti di artisti come Howard Pyle e N. C. Wyeth, l’opera sarà una delizia per i vostri occhi e una lettura tutta da scoprire.

Copertina rigida, rilegata in quarto8.1 x 10.1 in.3.51 lb392 pagine
Pirate Tales

Pirate Tales


Leggende d'alto mare

Un viaggio nel mondo della pirateria nella letteratura e nell'illustrazione

In the imaginations of young and old alike, the word “pirate” resonates with spine-tingling fear and swashbuckling adventure. Over centuries, our cultural landscape has been populated by a host of famous real and fictional figures immortalized in literature and art: Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard, with his fearsome reputation for cruelty; Henry ‘Bloody’ Morgan, whose treasure is still sought today; and of course Long John Silver, the archetypal anti-hero of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island (1885).

Pirate Tales gathers a treasure trove of excerpts from literary works inspired by the historical pirates of the 16th and 17th centuries. The edition begins with Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1719), a book containing all the trappings of pirate lore – shipwrecks, mutineers, undiscovered islands, and talking parrots – and one which influenced hundreds of works of adventure fiction, not least Jules Verne’s The Mysterious Island (1871). The third nerve-jangling novel is Treasure Island, without which no book on pirates would be complete, thanks to its unforgettable additions to the pirate canon: Blind Pew, Billy Bones, the black spot, wooden legs and Long John Silver. Extracts from Howard Pyle’s posthumously published Book of Pirates (1921) round off the edition.

The tales are enlivened by arresting illustrations at every turn, including those by artists from the Brandywine School such as Pyle, the undisputed father of pirate illustration, and his students N. C. Wyeth and Frank Schoonover. This edition features a number of original artworks by these illustrators, drawn from private collections, as well as contributions by other artists from illustration’s so-called “Golden Age” of the late 19th and early 20th century. Scene-setting vignettes for each story were executed by the illustrator Michael Custode.

A comprehensive introduction on historical pirates and their influence on these literary texts is provided by Robert E. and Jill P. May, in addition to authoritative commentaries on each text and biographies of the featured authors and illustrators. Evoking high seas, flashing blades, and maritime crime, Pirate Tales offers a tantalizing blend of fiction, history, and illustration.


Michael Custode is a Canadian artist known for his evocative, black-and-white illustrations that imitate woodcut engravings. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art in 1986, he worked as a graphic designer before turning to illustration. His work has been reproduced in The Globe and Mail, The Washington Post, and Sports Illustrated, and recognized with awards from the Art Directors Club of Toronto and Advertising and Design Association of Ottawa.

Gli autori

Robert E. and Jill P. May were career-long professors at Purdue University, Indiana, prior to their retirements. Robert May is an internationally recognized scholar of the “filibusters,” nineteenth-century adventurers who invaded foreign territory in private and illegal military expeditions. Jill May's research, writing, and teaching have illuminated multiculturalism in children’s literature. They are the co-authors of Howard Pyle: Imagining an American School of Art (2011).

Pirate Tales
Copertina rigida, rilegata in quarto20.5 x 25.6 cm1.59 kg392 pagine

ISBN 978-3-8365-8476-0

Edizione: Inglese

ISBN 978-3-8365-8478-4

Edizione: Francese

ISBN 978-3-8365-8479-1

Edizione: Spagnolo
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