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Treasure Neverland: Real and Imaginary Pirates

Neil Rennie


The book is about factual and fictional pirates and is therefore a deliberate combination of history and literary history. Swashbuckling eighteenth-century pirates were the ideal pirates of all time and are still popular today. Most people have heard of Blackbeard and Captain Kidd, for example, although they lived about three hundred years ago. But most people have also heard of other pirates, such as Long John Silver and Captain Hook, although those pirates never lived at all, except in literature. So there have been two kinds of pirates—real and imaginary—but the real, historical pirates are ... More

Keywords: popular novels, popular historians, women pirates, pseudo-historical fictions, the male pirate marginalized but enduringly popular

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199679331
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199679331.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil Rennie, author
Reader in English, University College London