Author

Patrick O'Brian

English novelist

1914   -   2000

genre: historical novel
country of citizenship: United Kingdom
language of expression: English
occupation: translator, linguist, writer, novelist, author
award received: Commander of the Order of the British Empire
influenced by: Jane Austen, C. S. Forester

Patrick O'Brian, CBE (12 December 1914 – 2 January 2000), born Richard Patrick Russ, was an English novelist and translator, best known for his Aubrey–Maturin series of sea novels set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, and centred on the friendship of the English naval captain Jack Aubrey and the Irish–Catalan physician Stephen Maturin. The series of twenty novels, the first of which is Master and Commander, is known for its well-researched and highly detailed portrayal of early 19th-century life, as well as its authentic and evocative language. A partially finished 21st novel in the series was published posthumously containing facing pages of handwriting and typescript. O'Brian wrote a number of other novels and short stories, most of which were published before he achieved success with the Aubrey–Maturin series. He also translated works from French to English, and wrote two biographies. His major success as a writer came late in life, when the Aubrey-Maturin series caught the eye of an American publisher. The series drew more readers and favourable reviews when the author was in his seventies. Near the end of his life, and in the same year that he lost his wife, British media revealed details of O'Brian's early life, first marriage, and post-war change of name, causing distress to the very private author and to many of his readers at that time.
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works

14

Joseph Banks: A Life

book by Patrick O'Brian

author: Patrick O'Brian

1987

Richard Temple

novel by Patrick O'Brian

author: Patrick O'Brian

1962

The Road to Samarcand

book by Patrick O'Brian

author: Patrick O'Brian

1955

The Unknown Shore

book by Patrick O'Brian

author: Patrick O'Brian

1959

Hussein, An Entertainment

book by Patrick O'Brian

author: Patrick O'Brian

1938

The Golden Ocean

book by Patrick O'Brian

author: Patrick O'Brian

1956

Men-of-War: Life in Nelson's Navy

book by Patrick O'Brian

author: Patrick O'Brian

Testimonies

1952 novel by Patrick O'Brian

author: Patrick O'Brian

1952

Le port de la trahison

author: Patrick O'Brian

Expédition à l'Île Maurice

author: Patrick O'Brian

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