Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates: Fiction, Fact, and Fancy Concerning the Buccaneers and Marooners of the Spanish Main; From the Writing and Pictures of

Version: Unabridged
Author: Howard Pyle , Merle Johnson
Narrator: Simon Vance
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Historical Fiction, Classics
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: January 2006
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 7 hours, 55 minutes
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"I read aloud from Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates."— Ernest Hemingway

"Pirates, Buccaneers, Marooners, those cruel but picturesque sea wolves who once infested the Spanish Main, all live in present-day conceptions in great degree as drawn by the pen and pencil of Howard Pyle….It is improbable that anyone else will ever bring his combination of interest and talent to the depiction of these old-time Pirates, any more than there could be a second Remington to paint the now extinct Indians and gun-fighters of the Great West."

So writes Merle Johnson, who has here gathered together in one volume all of the nineteenth-century author-artist's classic pirate stories that had been scattered through many magazines and books. Well researched and with richly drawn characters, Pyle's work will appeal to students of history and adventure lovers alike.

Reviews (2)

Pirate Romance

Written by Albert from Annapolis, MD on October 14th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I think this book must have been intended as easy reading for young people. The book begins with a thumbnail history of piracy in the Caribbean. After that it is a series of short stories written to a formula. It is not a source for historical information about piracy, as I vainly hoped.


Written by Howeln from Alpine, CA on July 28th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Ok, this was an interesting book. A little long at points, and not long enough in others. The book tells some history of pirates, and some in particular. Some had very short careers. Anyone interested in this material will find the book very interesting, and gives a flavor of what those times were like.

Author Details

Author Details

Pyle, Howard

"Howard Pyle (March 5, 1853-November 9, 1911) was an American illustrator and writer, primarily of books for young audiences. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, he spent the last year of his life in Florence, Italy, where he died.

In 1894 he began teaching illustration, and after 1900 founded a school, where his students included N.C. Wyeth.

His 1883 classic The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood remains in print to this day, and his other books, frequently with mediaeval European settings, included a four-volume set on King Arthur that cemented his reputation."