Re: Kenneth Roberts.
- Afternoon all,
Sidney Allinson wrote:
> 'Sad how so many superb historical novelists haveThank you! I'd been forced to conclude that F. Van Wyck Mason
> become forgotten and out of print. Wondrous
> storytellers like ...
> Kenneth Roberts
> F. Van Wyck Mason
> Raphael Sabatini
was a figment of my imagination! A few years ago, October 1999 to be
precise I bought a box of books in an auction, one of which
was "Captain Nemesis" by this F. Van Wyck Mason, I would have put it
in the lifeboat pile but how could I dismiss a book with such a title?
When I had finished reading this book (3rd November 1999) I
immediately started looking for other by this author. But I could
find none, the Internet was no help on this occasion either, I
concluded this writer just wasn't very successful and hadn't written
much or had much published.
Captain Nemesis is a good fun book. It's identical, plot
wise, to The Count of Monte Cristo (well, maybe not, but I had only
finished Monte Cristo two months before I read Captain Nemesis so the
plot was still very fresh in my mind), but not quite as dark - and of
course, nowhere near as good.
Pirates, gold, bits with boats and a couple of heroines
thrown in - who could ask for more!
I am very pleased to hear that someone else has heard of F.
Van Wyck Mason (what a great name), what else has he written? Who was
he anyway? I can't decide if he was an American with moustache or an
eastern European man with cape. (This is your cue to tell me he was a
Those Kenneth Roberts books look very interesting; I'll keep
an eye out for them
Amy K - currently reading Frankenstein and Cross Stitch
- At 01:20 PM 11/1/01 +0000, you wrote:
>Afternoon all,F. Van Wyk Mason was an American author who wrote scores of
>Sidney Allinson wrote:
> > 'Sad how so many superb historical novelists have
> > become forgotten and out of print. Wondrous
> > storytellers like ...
> > Kenneth Roberts
> > F. Van Wyck Mason
> > Raphael Sabatini
> > etc.
> Thank you! I'd been forced to conclude that F. Van Wyck Mason was a
> figment of my imagination!
splendidly-researched excitingly-told historical novels.
He is yet another sad example of how many fine historical novelists who
once were tremendously popular best-selling authors are now unread,
unknown, and forgotten.
It seems as if most "historical novel" readers today have a authors'
awareness that reaches back only about ten years. If an historical novel
isn't available on supermarket shelves this week, it simply never existed. :-)
Just now, for curiosity, I make a search on the Internet for him. Even
Google could come up with only three references to VWM. (One of which was
only a comment by me!)
I seldom have high expectations of the Internet for research, but such
scant info there about Mason emphasizes just how far he has fallen from
public memory already. Odd, considering the many books he wrote, as
recently as 30 years ago.
Then I turned to a few book-search sites online, and had better luck.
'Found about ten of VWM titles offered for sale here and there at
second-hand book dealers on the WWW.
Anyone who enjoys a really good read in historical novels, would be
rewarded by looking around for F. Van Wyk Mason. Your local public library
would be a good place to ask.
-- Sidney Allinson.
- Here's another enjoyable oldie.
THE MANATEE, by Nancy Bruff.
Anyone else here ever read it?