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Cambria Books






554 pages Cambria Books Paperback Illustrated 1 February 2014

Amazon description:

‘This long-forgotten factional novel was the literary sensation of its day. The Poet Laureate Robert Southey said of it 'Truth is often stranger than falsehood; and so it is in this case'. This is the account of the privateer William Williams's adventures after being marooned upon the Miskito Coast. It is the first story of a message in a bottle, of buried treasure, the first novel written in America, and incredibly anti-slavery, at a time when America's first three presidents owned slaves. The descriptions of flora and fauna are unparalleled, and some of Williams' stories of mammoth bones and inscribed basalt pillars have only been discovered to be factual in the last two decades. This book updates the language of the original manuscript, which was expurgated when originally printed, and gives a short account of the life of its polymath author. This is a wonderful work of literature which will bring joy to readers old and young, and is crying out to be heard again today. ‘The amazing William Williams: Painter, Author, Teacher, Musician, Stage Designer, Castaway. The activities of this forgotten genius spread across almost every branch of American culture... he will stand out as a significant figure in the development of American culture’ - James Thomas Flexner. ‘I have never read so much of a book in one sitting in my life. He [Penrose] kept me up half the night, and made me dream of him the other half... it has all the air of truth, and is most entertaining and interesting in every point of view’ - Lord George Byron

Author’s Note: This is the second updating of a fabulous work, much nearer fact than faction – but there is only one review on Amazon, 5 stars from Steve Morris – ‘I cannot believe that this has not been reviewed - has anyone else bought it? I bought his earlier academic edition, and, like his Henry Morgan and Black Bart books, it should be a film. Why don't more people know this story? Great value, but why hasn't a big publisher taken it up?’ It is one of the best books you will ever read, flora and fauna of the Nicaragua coastline jungle, written by a marooned Welsh privateer who taught the great American article, Benjamin West, to paint. West even corroborated the story of Williams/Penrose living among the Rama Indians and hiding from the Spanish’.

However, it was almost impossible to achieve any publicity for the book and sales were very poor, just like its predecessor.

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