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King, Dean

Overview
Works: 22 works in 118 publications in 5 languages and 7,051 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Glossaries, vocabularies, etc  Dictionaries  Naval history  Sources  Autobiographies  Juvenile works  Personal narratives‡vBritish 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: E444, 306.362092
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Most widely held works by Dean King
The feud : the Hatfields & McCoys : the true story by Dean King( Book )

5 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The in-depth "true" story of this legendarily fierce-- and far-reaching-- clash in the heart of Appalachia
Patrick O'Brian : a life revealed by Dean King( Book )

17 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 1,070 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1991, when The New York Times Book Review proclaimed Patrick O'Brian the writer of "the greatest historical novels ever written," making him an overnight sensation in the United States, O'Brian was already in his mid-70s and had already had two distinct and remarkable writing careers. In less than a decade, O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series, ultimately 20 novels strong, became an unprecedented literary juggernaut, with legions of devoted fans around America and around the world. With O'Brian's death in January 2000, curiosity about the carefully guarded secrets of his life has peaked. Here, Dean King tells the story of a man, an artist and an intellectual, born Richard Patrick Russ, who first achieves literary recognition as an adolescent, when he publishes a series of popular adventure stories. After the Second World War, he emerges as Patrick O'Brian, a writer of dark, sometimes tortured short stories and highly literary novels. He enjoys success as a translator, even as a biographer. Slowly, the O'Brian persona, forged in his own imagination and refined by years of rumor and speculation, takes form, until his ultimate triumphant arrival as a masterful historical novelist and chronicler of the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic wars. O'Brian's past -- both real and imagined -- is linked directly to his writing, as he drew deeply on the painful events of his early life. It has long been assumed that he himself was the model for the polymathic naval surgeon and intelligence agent Stephen Maturin, who, along with rough-and-tumble Captain Jack Aubrey, forms the heart of O'Brian's monumental roman-fleuve. The truth is more complex: each of these indelible characters is wholly original, yet in each we can hear deep echoes of O'Brian's own history. King's biography, the first ever of this famously secretive man, is an extraordinary achievement, a vivid, searing portrait of an intense and complex human being, whose grudges were as fiercely held as his loyalties; who was as famous for orneriness as he was for brilliant artistic creation; and whose encyclopedic knowledge of everything from ornithology to Catalan history delighted hundreds of thousands of readers and will surely enthrall generations to come. - Jacket flap
Unbound : a true story of war, love, and survival by Dean King( Book )

4 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 948 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In October 1934, the Chinese Communist Army found itself surrounded and facing annihilation. Rather than surrender, these 86,000 Red Army soldiers embarked on an epic journey to safety, covering more than four thousand brutal miles on foot over the next year
Harbors and high seas : an atlas and geographical guide to the Aubrey-Maturin novels of Patrick O'Brian by Dean King( Book )

13 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in English and held by 786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This indispensable guide to navigating the well-loved Aubrey-Maturin novels has been updated, with new chapters devoted to the final books in the series. Harbors and High Seas includes maps created exclusively for each of the novels in this world-renowned series
A sea of words : a lexicon and companion for Patrick O'Brian's seafaring tales by Dean King( Book )

7 editions published between 1995 and 2000 in English and held by 779 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Updated to include material from the complete Aubrey-Maturin series, this highly acclaimed lexicon and companion provides in-depth coverage of all the elements of O'Brian's rich and varied prose
Skeletons on the Zahara : a true story of survival by Dean King( Book )

26 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the hardships encountered by twelve American sailors who, in 1815, were shipwrecked on the coast of North Africa, captured, sold into slavery, and sent on a difficult odyssey through the perilous heart of the Sahara
Every man will do his duty : an anthology of firsthand accounts from the age of Nelson by Dean King( Book )

16 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in English and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This anthology "presents the voices of the officers and seamen who fought and lived at sea during the French Revolutionary War (1793-1802), the Napoleonic War (1803-1815), and the War of 1812 (1812-1815)."--Jacket
The feud : the Hatfields & McCoys, the true story by Dean King( Recording )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the little-known truths behind the legendary feud between two Appalachian families that ultimately killed thirteen members in a dispute that became newspaper fodder and eventually went to the U.S. Supreme Court
Unbound : [a true story of war, love, and survival] by Dean King( Recording )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In October 1934, the Chinese Communist Army found itself facing annihilation, surrounded by hundreds of thousands of Nationalist soldiers. Rather than surrender, 86,000 Communists embarked on an epic flight to safety. Only thirty were women. Their trek would eventually cover 4,000 miles over 370 days. Under enemy fire they crossed highland swamps, climbed Tibetan peaks, scrambled over chain bridges, and trudged through the sands of the western deserts. Fewer than 10,000 of them survived, but remarkably all of the women lived to tell the tale"--Publisher's description
Twelve years a slave by Solomon Northup( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Solomon Northup is a bizarre and incredible one. Born a free black in New York State in 1808, he was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841, and spent most of the next 12 years as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation. His years in this condition of servitude were filled with abuse, apprehension, and a profound fear for his life (he narrowly escaped lynching). Northup's years in captivity are dramatically recounted here, as are his attempts to bring charges against the men who originally abducted him. An educated man when he entered slavery, Northup was able to write about the institution as both an outsider and as one of its victims. The result was an exceptionally detailed and accurate description of slave life and plantation society. A bestseller in its time, the work is "a moving, vital testament to one of slavery's 'many thousand gone' who retained his humanity in the bowels of degradation
A match for all seasons : life on the court with Walter by Dean King( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Big Byrd : the glory days of Richmond's original movie palace by Dean King( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sweet separation : how Maria Teresa and Teresa Maria got their groove by Dean King( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The great escape : remembering Hurricane Katrina's animal victims and the people who saved them by Dean King( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seven American artists : interviews by Dean King( )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Fill'er up! : roadside eateries around the state deliver no-fuss homemade goodness to keep your summer road trip on track( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The world of Patrick O'Brian by Dean King( )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In these three companion books to Patrick O{u2019}Brian{u2019}s novels, and a biography of the author, Dean King proves himself an authority on maritime writers and their work. What is a sandgrouse, and where does it live? What are the medical properties of lignum vitae, and how did Stephen Maturin use it to repair his viola? Who is Adm. Lord Keith, and why is his wife so friendly with Capt. Jack Aubrey? More than any other contemporary author, Patrick O{u2019}Brian knew the past. His twenty Aubrey{u2013}Maturin novels, beginning with Master and Commander (1969), are distinguished by deep characterization, heart-stopping naval combat, and an attention to detail that enriches and enlivens his stories. In the revised edition of A Sea of Words, Dean King and his collaborators dive into Jack Aubrey{u2019}s world. In the revised edition of Harbors and High Seas, King details not just where Aubrey and Maturin went, but how they got there. Packed with maps and illustrations from the greatest age of sail, it is an incomparable reference for devotees of O{u2019}Brian{u2019}s novels and anyone who has dreamed of climbing aboard a warship, as well as a captivating portrait of life on the sea during a time when nothing stood between man and ocean but grit, daring, and a few creaking planks of wood. At the dawn of the nineteenth century, the British navy was the mightiest instrument of war the world had ever known. The Royal Navy patrolled the seas from India to the Caribbean, connecting an empire with footholds in every corner of the earth. Such a massive navy required the service of more than 100,000 men{u2014}from officers to deckhands to surgeons. Their stories are collected in Every Man Will Do His Duty. The inspiration for the bestselling novels of Patrick O{u2019}Brian and C.S. Forester, these twenty-two memoirs and diaries, edited by Dean King, provide a true portrait of life aboard British warships during one of the most significant eras of world history. Patrick O{u2019}Brian was well into his seventies when the world fell in love with his greatest creation: the maritime adventures of Royal Navy Capt. Jack Aubrey and ship{u2019}s surgeon Stephen Maturin. But despite his fame, little detail was available about the life of the reclusive author, whose mysterious past King uncovers in this groundbreaking biography. King traces O{u2019}Brian{u2019}s personal history from his beginnings as a London-born Protestant named Richard Patrick Russ to his tortured relationship with his first wife and child to his emergence from World War II with the entirely new identity under which he would publish twenty volumes in the Aubrey{u2013}Maturin series. What King unearths is a life no less thrilling than the seafaring world of O{u2019}Brian{u2019}s imagination. Patrick O{u2019}Brian: A Life Revealed is a penetrating and insightful examination of one of the modern world{u2019}s most acclaimed historical novelists
 
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Unbound : a true story of war, love, and survival
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Unbound : a true story of war, love, and survivalHarbors and high seas : an atlas and geographical guide to the Aubrey-Maturin novels of Patrick O'BrianA sea of words : a lexicon and companion for Patrick O'Brian's seafaring talesSkeletons on the Zahara : a true story of survivalEvery man will do his duty : an anthology of firsthand accounts from the age of NelsonUnbound : [a true story of war, love, and survival]