L. R. Denham

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Category: Writers

Are you too old to write?

All of us are getting older at the same rate, but some of us started earlier. Today I’d like to mention a few people who continued writing well beyond what many would consider¬†retirement age.

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Not just Robinson Crusoe

You’ve read Robinson Crusoe, haven’t you? Do you remember who wrote the book? No?

Daniel Defoe. He wrote that one book, a long time ago, and it became a Classic.

Daniel Defoe by Michael Van der Gucht 1706

That’s the general impression most people have about the man who wrote Robinson Crusoe. But it’s totally misleading. Daniel Defoe, who was born in about 1660 and died in April 1731, was probably one of the most prolific writers of his day. He wrote at least seven novels, and a total of several hundred published works of all kinds. Robinson Crusoe was his first novel, published in 1719, and may have been the first novel written and published in English. Defoe had a very colorful life, as a businessman, a convict, a spy, and a political campaigner. Read the rest of this entry »

Books by Francis B. Cooke

Cruising Hints

The only book by Francis B. Cooke currently in print

Francis B. Cooke was an English yachtsman who wrote about thirty books on the pastime. But while he was very popular in the late nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century, his books are no longer widely available.

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Francis B. Cooke


The man left in charge of Frank’s boat pointing her out to him.

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Jack London and sailing

I recently ran across a magazine article written by Jack London about the joy of sailing. It was originally published in the August 1, 1912 issue of Country Life in America magazine, with the title The Joy of Small-Boat Sailing.

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