In this book:Raphael Sabatini Captain BloodRobert Louis StevensonTreasure Island William Hope HodgsonThe Ghost Pirates Charles KingsleyWestward Ho!Frederick MarryatThe PirateRaphael Sabatini, Captain BloodRaphael Sabatini (1875 –1950) was an Italian/English writer of novels of romance and adventure. He is best known for his worldwide best-sellers: Scaramouche (1921), a tale of the French Revolution in which a fugitive hides out in a commedia dell'arte troupe and later becomes a fencing master (Sabatini wrote a sequel ten years later); Captain Blood (1922), in which the title character is admiral of a fleet of pirate ships (Sabatini also wrote two sequels comprising short stories) and The Life of Cesare Borgia.Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure IslandRobert Louis Balfour Stevenson (1850 – 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson now ranks among the 26 most translated authors in the world. His works have been admired by many other writers, including Jorge Luis Borges, Bertolt Brecht, Marcel Proust, Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry James, Cesare Pavese, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, Vladimir Nabokov] J. M. Barrie, and G. K. Chesterton, who said of him that he ''seemed to pick the right word up on the point of his pen, like a man playing spillikins.''William Hope HodgsonThe Ghost PiratesWilliam Hope Hodgson (1877 – 1918) was an English author. He produced a large body of work, consisting of essays, short fiction, and novels, spanning several overlapping genres including horror, fantastic fiction, and science fiction. Hodgson used his experiences at sea to lend authentic detail to his short horror stories, many of which are set on the ocean, including his series of linked tales forming the ''Sargasso Sea Stories''. His novels, such as The House on the Borderland (1908) and The Night Land (1912), feature more cosmic themes, but several of his novels also focus on horrors associated with the sea. Early in his writing career Hodgson dedicated effort to poetry, although few of his poems were published during his lifetime. He also attracted some notice as a photographer and achieved renown as a bodybuilder. Charles KingsleyWestward Ho!Charles Kingsley (1819 – 1875) was a broad church priest of the Church of England, a university professor, social reformer, historian and novelist. He is particularly associated with Christian socialism, the working men's college, and forming labour cooperatives that failed but led to the working reforms of the progressive era. He was a friend and correspondent with Charles Darwin.Frederick MarryatThe PirateCaptain Frederick Marryat (1792 – 1848) was a British Royal Navy officer, a novelist, and an acquaintance of Charles Dickens. He is noted today as an early pioneer of the sea story, particularly for his semi-autobiographical novel Mr Midshipman Easy (1836), for his children's novel The Children of the New Forest (1847), and for a widely used system of maritime flag signalling, known as Marryat's Code.