Captain Singleton
  • Publication Date: July 9, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781554813414 / 1554813417
  • 424 pages; 5½" x 8½"
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Captain Singleton

  • Publication Date: July 9, 2019
  • ISBN: 9781554813414 / 1554813417
  • 424 pages; 5½" x 8½"

Following the success of Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe wrote a new fiction, the story of an English pirate whose success eclipsed every buccaneer the Atlantic world had seen. Featuring a haunted, unreliable narrator, a daring trek across the continent of Africa, and mercantile adventures in the China Seas, Captain Singleton is a tale of loneliness, brotherhood, and the lust for profit.

Appendices to this Broadview Edition include materials on pirate writing, travel writing, and earlier pirate tales that may have provided models for Captain Singleton.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Daniel Defoe: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

The Life, Adventures, and Pyracies, of the Famous Captain Singleton

Appendix A: The Test-Run(?) for Singleton

  • 1. The King of Pirates: Being an Account of the Famous Enterprises of Captain Avery, the Mock King of Madagascar (1719)

Appendix B: Pirate Writing

  • 1. From Penelope Aubin, The Life of Charlotta Du Pont, an English Lady (1723)
  • 2. Letter from David Aubin to Abraham and Henry Aubin (3 June 1720)
  • 3. Some Memoirs concerning that famous Pyrate Capt. Avery (November 1708)
  • 4. From The Life and Adventures of Capt. John Avery (1709)
  • 5. From A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pyrates (1724)
  • 6. From Daniel Defoe, A Review of the State of the British Nation (18 October 1707)

Appendix C: Travel Writing

  • 1. From Robert Knox, An Historical Relation of the Island Ceylon (1681)
  • 2. From Madagascar: Or, Robert Drury’s Journal (1729)
  • 3. From Willem Bosman, A New and Accurate Description of the Coast of Guinea (1705)
  • 4. From William Dampier, A New Voyage Round the World (1697)
  • 5. From Woodes Rogers, A Cruising Voyage Round the World (1712)
  • 6. From Herman Moll, Atlas Geographus (1711–17)

Works Cited and Select Bibliography

Manushag N. Powell is Associate Professor of English at Purdue University.