THE SOUTH SEA SHILLING by Eric Swenson
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THE SOUTH SEA SHILLING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An admirable first book and companion piece to Borden's He Sailed with Captain Cook Mr. Swenson's inspiration to write a biography of Cook came from war years spent in the Pacific where a natural interest in the ocean and islands needed no cultivation. His feelings show up in the book -- Cook's life from his incongruous occupation as a haberdasher's helper in the coast town of Staithes to his violent death years later in the Hawaiian islands -- all of it full of excitement and irony, is dramatically handled, in a manner that spares few punches and is worthy of the importance of his voyages.

Pub Date: April 4th, 1952
Publisher: Viking