Frederick Marryat

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Marryat, Frederick

(măr`ēăt), 1792–1848, English novelist. He is famous for his thrilling tales of sea adventure. His 24 years of service in the British navy in various parts of the world provided background for his stories. Noted for their humor and robust vigor, his novels include Frank Mildmay (1829), Peter Simple (1834), Mr. Midshipman Easy (1836), and Snarleyyow; or, The Dog Fiend (1837). In his later years he devoted himself to writing adventure books for children, notably Masterman Ready (1841) and The Children of the New Forest (1847). A trip (1837–39) to North America resulted in his unfavorable account of American manners, A Diary in America (1839).


See The Life and Letters of Captain Marryat (1872) by his daughter F. Marryat; biography by D. Hannay (1889, repr. 1973).

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My elder brother, for whom there was no place in the office where I worked, had found one in a store, and he beguiled the leisure that light trade left on his hands by reading the novels of Captain Marryat.
I knew there were smugglers, but I thought that since the capture of Algiers, and the destruction of the regency, pirates existed only in the romances of Cooper and Captain Marryat.
And the other is that Stevenson himself is highly aware of the book as a self-conscious artefact; there are influences of Defoe, Captain Marryat, 'Boys' I Own' stories of the time in there.
The Waikato as a setting for juvenile literature made its first appearance in 1874, with the publication of Amongst the Maoris: A Book of Adventure by Emilia Marryat, the daughter of the rather better known Captain Marryat, one of the most popular nineteenth-century authors of adventure stories for boys.
He canters past such still-rewarding worthies as Richard Dana and Captain Marryat and his cast of sharply drawn characters makes those of Robert Louis Stevenson seem like Sunday School lads.
Captain Marryat looked the likely winner on the home turn, but he seems unable to nail that first success and was worried out of it close home.
James Fanshawe's three-year-old was stepped up to a mile for the first time at Nottingham last month and won well, finding a turn of foot to beat Captain Marryat by a neck.
The official verdict was a neck over Captain Marryat but he looked good value for the distance as he won a shade cosily.
Murtagh brought Spring Jim with a sustained run to get up close home to beat Captain Marryat, and Candy went on:'He is a full-brother to Torosay Spring who improved with age, so hopefully Spring Jim will.
Murtagh brought Spring Jim (9-1) with a sustained run to get up close home to beat Captain Marryat, and Miss Candy went on: "He is a full-brother to Torosay Spring and he improved with age, so hopefully Spring Jim will.
We know Orton/Castro was fond of reading works by popular Romantic novelists like Gerald Griffin, Mary Braddon and Captain Marryat.