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Morgan in Jamaica by Philip Lindsay

Morgan in Jamaica (1930)

by Philip Lindsay

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... There has been a good deal of blackwashing and whitewashing of Sir Henry Morgan, beginning in his own lifetime, but there is none of either in the astonishing tribute paid to him by a whole family of Lindsays and published in a limited edition by the Fanfrolico Press. This 'account biographical and informative' of his latter days, is a high-spirited application of the methods of Mr Lytton Strachey to very different material than the life of Queen Victoria. It is biography on two persons, now Morgan himself looking wild-eyed from his bed through his fiery, murky past, now his biographer, somehow contemporaneous and more intimate than Morgan could be with himself.

Arthur Ransome in The Observer, 17 Aug 1930; reproduced in Christina Hardyment, Ransome on blue water sailing (1999), pp. 62-64.
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Lift up this bauble of earth
Red with our fears
See, from its bloodied surf
Venus appears!
She's but a dream that leads to death ...
Aye, but death's all!
Remember Tristan who with galloping breath
Answered love's call.
To kiss or to die. I choose to kiss,
I choose your arms.
Pirates instead drank rum, and found their bliss
In whorish charms.
But I have found what pirates never knew ...
Sir Harry, you damned swine,
Squander your doubloons in a filthy stew ...
Jeannie's mine.
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Thousands of parrots waited on his sleep.
After so splendid a life to come to this.
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A limited edition of 450 numbered copies printed by the Fanfrolico Press, London, and signed by the author (h/bk, [37] pp., 4 illus, 29 cm.).

According to COPAC, there are copies of this book available at the British Library, the National Libraries of Scotland and Wales (no. 5), the university libraries of Cambridge, Leeds and Oxford, and Trinity College Dublin.
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