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- Description2009 marked the 300th anniversary of the rescue of Alexander Selkirk, the Fife mariner who became the inspiration for Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe . The story is told t only by the author but also through the words of those who knew Selkirk with three colourful contemporary accounts of Selkirk's island experiences on Juan Fernandez - two by the sailors who rescued him from the island, 300 miles off the coast of Chile (Capt Edward Cooke and Capt Woodes Rogers) and one by Sir Richard Steele, who talked with Selkirk after his homecoming. Selkirk had spent four and a half years on the island. Wilson also delves into Defoe's construction of Crusoe from Selkirk's experiences and his youth in Fife. He also covers the dramatic circumstances of his abandonment on the island when he asked to be stranded rather than risk drowning in the unseaworthy Cinque Ports. Selkirk was right, the ship sank and the crew perished. Having been adopted as master of the ship that rescued him, Selkirk got his privateering career immediately back on track and, thanks to the success of this expedition, became a rich man. When he returned as such to Lower Largo - entering the church in all his new finery - his family and the common people almost fell at his feet. But this triumphant moment did t last. He became bored and stalgic for his island (often sitting at a point overlooking the Forth to try to conjure it up) and, after starting a relationship with a local girl, he - and she - went back down to London. The story does t have a particularly happy ending. While his Fife lass felt uncomfortable in London society, Selkirk abandoned her in two ways - he took ather woman as a wife and went off to sea again, as lieutenant aboard HMS Weymouth. While the ship was sailing off the west coast of Africa in 1723, it was struck by yellow fever and Alexander Selkirk was among the many crew members who died. He was aged 47 and the 'new' woman finally won the long and ugly tussle over his remaining fortune.
- Author BiographyRick Wilson was born in Montrose and has been a professional journalist all his life. He started his career on the Montrose Standard before joining The Courier in Dundee. He spent time editing magazines in Holland before returning to Scotland where he worked for The Scotsman. He is the former editor of Scotland on Sunday magazine and former assistant editor of The Herald. His fascination with Alexander Selkirk led him to search for and discover Selkirk's musket which he returned to his family in Fife. Following that, he decided to fully research the mariner's life which led to the publication of this book. Rick is now semi-retired, but still does some work for The Scotsman and the Mirror Group. He lives in Edinburgh.
- Author(s)Richard Wilson
- PublisherNeil Wilson Publishing
- Date of Publication01/12/2008
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationGlasgow
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintNeil Wilson Publishing
- Content Notecolour and b/w plates
- Weight363 g
- Width153 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine15 mm
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