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Rafael Sabatini was born April 29, 1875 in Jesi, Italy. At a young age, Rafael was exposed to many languages, and attending school in Portugal and, as a teenager, in Switzerland. By the time he was seventeen, when he went to England to live permanently, he could speak five languages. He quickly added English and chose to write in his adopted language, because, he said, "all the best stories are written in English." After a brief stint in the business world, Sabatini went to work as a writer. He wrote short stories in the 1890s, and his first novel came out in 1902. It took Sabatini almost a quarter of century before he attained success with Scaramouche in 1921. It became an international best-seller. Captain Blood followed in 1922 and was equally as successful. Sabatini was a prolific writer; he produced a new book approximately every year. While he would never achieve the success of Scaramouche and Captain Blood, Sabatini still maintained a great deal of popularity with the reading public through the decades that followed. By the 1940s, illness forced the writer to slow his prolific method of composition. However, he did write several additional works even during that time. His body of work consists of 31 novels, 8 short story colections and 6 books of poetry. He died February 13, 1950 in Switzerland. He is buried at Adelboden, Switzerland. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Captain Blood 1,517 copies, 50 reviews
The Sea-Hawk (Author) 574 copies, 19 reviews
Captain Blood Returns 157 copies, 1 review
The Life of Cesare Borgia 132 copies, 5 reviews
The Black Swan 132 copies, 1 review
Mistress Wilding 120 copies
Bardelys the Magnificent 106 copies, 5 reviews
The Tavern Knight 101 copies, 2 reviews
Bellarion 98 copies, 2 reviews
Fortune's Fool 77 copies
The Snare 69 copies
Master-At-Arms 68 copies, 2 reviews
Scaramouche the King-Maker 67 copies, 2 reviews
Captain Blood [1935 film] (Author) 66 copies, 2 reviews
The Lion's Skin 59 copies
The Carolinian 59 copies, 1 review
The Lost King 54 copies, 1 review
Love-at-Arms 53 copies, 1 review
Venetian Masque 52 copies, 1 review
The Shame of Motley (Author) 49 copies
The King's Minion 49 copies, 2 reviews
Chivalry 35 copies, 1 review
The Gamester 33 copies, 3 reviews
King in Prussia 31 copies
Scaramouche [1952 film] (Original novel) 25 copies, 1 review
Columbus 23 copies
Turbulent Tales 11 copies
The Curate and the Actress 5 copies, 4 reviews
The Red Mask 4 copies, 4 reviews
The reaping 4 copies, 1 review
Heroic lives; 4 copies
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Paola 1 copy
The Big Book of Adventure Stories (Contributor) 94 copies, 3 reviews
Murder Most Scottish (Contributor) 84 copies, 1 review
The Black Swan [1942 film] (Original novel) 28 copies
Great English Short Stories (Contributor) 18 copies, 1 review
The book of the sea trout (Editor) 5 copies, 1 review
Christopher Columbus [1949 film] (Original novel) 5 copies, 1 review
Fisherman's pie : an angling symposium (Introduction) 3 copies, 1 review
Adventure, June 3, 1921 (Contributor) 1 copy
Ellery Queen's 1966 Anthology (Contributor) 1 copy
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"He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad," describes Sabatini's most famous character, Scaramouche, and perhaps the author himself. His works were an international success in his own time and are still popular. Best known are his swashbucklers -- many of whom have been made into films -- and his books about Cesare Borgia.
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