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).

Bibliography

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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When Captain Frederick Marryat, then editor of the London Metropolitan Magazine, reviewed Willis's Pencillings by the Way (3 v.
Also on This Day: 1509: Birth of French religious reformer John Calvin; 1792: Birth of novelist Captain Frederick Marryat, author of Children of the New Forest; 1806: Death of animal painter George Stubbs; 1834: Birth of American artist James McNeill Whistler; 1871: Birth of French author Marcel Proust; 1900: Paris Metro opened; 1940: Battle of Britain began; 1958: First parking meters installed in London; 1962: First communications satellite Telstar I launched; 1996: The Princess of Wales accepted a pounds 15 million divorce settlement.
There were also a couple of score novels by participants (John Davis' The Post-Captain of 1806 was the model for authors like Frederick Marryat, Edward Howard and Frederick Chamier whose naval yarns were a staple of young people's literature later in the nineteenth century) and a quantity of verse, some of it by combatants, nearly all of it deathly rather than deathless.
Anniversaries: 1509: Birth of French religious reformer John Calvin; 1792: Birth of novelist Captain Frederick Marryat, author of Children of the New Forest; 1806: Death of animal painter George Stubbs; 1830: Birth of French painter Camille Pissarro; 1834: Birth of American artist James McNeill Whistler; 1871: Birth of French author Marcel Proust; 1900: Paris Metro opened; 1940: Battle of Britain began; 1941: Death of American ragtime composer and pianist Jelly Roll Morton; 1958: First parking meters installed in London; 1962: First communications satellite Telstar I launched; 1989: Death of American actor Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, Sylvester and Tweety Pie; 1996: The Princess of Wales accepted a pounds 15 million divorce settlement.
Less than two hours after leaving Newcastle we were safely tucked away on the edge of the New Forest, discovering that it was once home to Captain Frederick Marryat, who wrote Children of the New Forest in the middle of the 19th Century.
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