O'Brian returned to writing after the war, when he moved to rural Wales. His non-fiction anthology A Book of Voyages attracted little attention. A collection of short stories, The Last Pool , was published in and was more widely and favourably reviewed, although sales were low. The review in the New York Times noted O'Brian's accomplishments in Testimonies ; The Catalans was viewed as a series of well-written scenes by an observant author, but the reviewer did not think it held together as a novel.
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Although written many years before the Aubrey—Maturin series , the two naval novels reveal literary antecedents of Aubrey and Maturin. Over four decades he worked on his own writings, his British literary reputation growing slowly. He became an established translator of French works into English.
His early novels and several of the translations were published by Rupert Hart-Davis from to O'Brian wrote the first of the Aubrey-Maturin series in at the suggestion of American publisher J. Lippincott , following the death of C S Forester in , a writer of popular nautical novels. In the early s the series was successfully relaunched into the American market by the interest of Starling Lawrence of W W Norton publishers,   attracting critical acclaim and dramatically increasing O'Brian's sales and public profile in the UK and America.
Hollywood also wants a piece of the press-shy storyteller. The novels sold over three million copies in 20 languages. Shortly before his last completed novel was published in October , O'Brian wrote an article for a series of the best in the millennium ending, titled Full Nelson, choosing for his topic Admiral Nelson's victory in the Battle of the Nile in Beginning in , O'Brian began writing what turned into the volume Aubrey—Maturin series of novels. The books are set in the early 19th century and describe the life and careers of Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend, naval physician Dr Stephen Maturin.
The books are distinguished by O'Brian's deliberate use and adaptation of actual historical events, either integrating his protagonists in the action without changing the outcome, or using adapted historical events as templates. In addition to this trait and to O'Brian's distinctive literary style, his sense of humour is prominent see Humour in main article, Aubrey-Maturin series.
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Technical sailing terminology is employed throughout the series. The books are considered by some critics to be a roman fleuve , which can be read as one long story; the books follow Aubrey and Maturin's professional and domestic lives continuously. As well as his historical novels , O'Brian wrote three adult mainstream novels, six-story collections, and a history of the Royal Navy aimed at young readers.
His biography of Picasso is a massive and comprehensive study of the artist. Picasso lived for a time in Collioure , the same French village as O'Brian, and the two became acquainted there. Peter Weir 's film, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is loosely based on the novel The Far Side of the World from the Aubrey—Maturin series for its plot, but draws on a number of the novels for incidents within the film.
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The character of Jack Aubrey is drawn from the character in the novels. In he was awarded the inaugural Heywood Hill Literary Prize for his lifetime's writings. In his acceptance speech in July , O'Brian, then age 80, said it was the first literary prize of his adult life, in the amount of 10, pounds. Trinity College Dublin awarded him an honorary doctorate in O'Brian claimed that he wrote "like a Christian, with ink and quill"; Mary was his first reader and typed his manuscripts "pretty" for the publisher. O'Brian wrote all of his books and stories by hand, shunning both typewriter and word processor.
The handwritten manuscripts for 18 of the Aubrey-Maturin novels have been acquired by the Lilly Library at Indiana University. Bennet donated his correspondence from O'Brian to the Lilly Library; one of the letters recommends to Bennet that he donate the two manuscripts he holds to Indiana University, where the rest of the manuscripts reside. The exhibit titled Blue at the Mizzen suggests that the manuscript was donated.
Nikolai Tolstoy also possesses an extensive collection of O'Brian manuscript material, including the second half of Hussein , several short stories, much of the reportedly "lost" book on Bestiaries, letters, diaries, journals, notes, poems, book reviews, and several unpublished short stories Tolstoy, various pages. Since his death, there have been two biographies published, though the first was well advanced when he died.
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The second is the first volume of a planned two-volume biography by O'Brian's stepson. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. English novelist. For other people with similar names, see Patrick O'Brien. Main article: Aubrey—Maturin series. Patrick O'Brian:A life revealed.
The New York Times. Retrieved 4 June The Telegraph. Retrieved 19 February Patrick O'Brian: The making of the novelist. Latitude Retrieved 30 March London: Random House. The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 5 January Retrieved 26 August Retrieved 8 June The Philadelphia Inquirer. Los Angeles Times. The Irish Times.
The Guardian. God bless the straightforward writer, and God bless those with the ability to amuse, provoke, surprise, shock, appall. W W Norton. Retrieved 20 February Patrick O'Brian: a life revealed 1st ed. New York: H Holt. Retrieved 16 March Editorial Reviews. Publishers Weekly. October Retrieved 31 March Best in 1, Years.
The New York Times Magazine. It was a famous victory: it shattered Bonaparte's scheme in Egypt and India; it had great political influence in Europe; it was splendidly rewarded, with medals, promotions and quantities of presents bestowed on those who fought, and it awakened the world to Lord Nelson's glory.
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