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Sabatini, Rafael (Italian. Rafael Sabatini ) Born: 04/29/1875, in Jesi near Ancona, Italy Died: 02/13/1950, Switzerland $$ author-portrait-10656 -rafael_sabatini1.jpg $$ Rafael Sabatini was born on April 29, 1875 in the old Italian town of Jesi, near Ancona, on the Adriatic coast. His parents, Italian Vincenzo Sabatini, and mother Anna Trafford were famous opera singers in their time and met in the Philippines while on tour. After the birth of their son, they continued to perform and, deciding that the touring life was not for a child, they sent little Raphael to England, to Anna`s parents, who lived in a small village near Liverpool. Even then, he became addicted to books and later said that he began to write in English because he read the best stories in English. $$ author-portrait-10656-rafael_sabatini2.jpg $$ Rafael`s parents soon ended their artistic career and began teaching singing, opening their first school in Porto. Vincenzo Sabatini achieved considerable success in training future singers, and the king of Portugal elevated him to the knighthood. And the boy, who was then about seven years old, moved to his parents. In the same place in Portugal, he studied at a Catholic school, and Portuguese was added to the Italian and English languages, which he knew from early childhood. A few years later, the Sabatini family returned to Italy, settling in Milan, and Raphael was sent to study in Switzerland, where he naturally added French and German to the number of languages ​​he knew – and his first attempts at writing were in French, in a Swiss school. Raphael continued to read, fascinated by historical works, among his favorite authors are Shakespeare, Dumas, Manzoni, Jules Verne, Walter Scott. He especially liked the books by the American historian William Prescott, the author of The History of the Conquest of Mexico and The History of the Conquest of Peru. At the age of 17, Rafael Sabatini left school, and his father, believing that fluency in five languages ​​would help his son make a career as a businessman, sent him to England. In 1892, he arrived in Liverpool and worked as a translator for several years. But the work weighed on him, and at the first opportunity he took up journalism. Having become a staff member of Liverpool`s Mercury, in the mid-1890s, Rafael Sabatini began writing, and in 1899 he was already able to interest the leading English magazines with his stories. In 1901, Raphael was awarded a contract for a novel without having written a single one yet! In 1902, his first book, The Admirers of Yvonne, was published. It was unsuccessful and went almost unnoticed, and reviewers took his next book, published three years later, as the novelist`s debut. And yet, from the very first years of the 20th century, Sabatini began to gain popularity. In 1905, with the release of the second, he completely abandoned a commercial career and devoted himself entirely to literature – every year he wrote a story or a novel, not counting stories. In the same year he married the daughter of a successful Liverpool merchant and moved to London. In the 1910s, the writer published, among others, such books as “The Duke`s Court” (1912), “Banner of the Bull” (1915), “Sea Hawk” (1915), two volumes of “History Nights” (1917, 1919). During the First World War, Sabatini became an English subject and worked for British intelligence as a translator. $$ author-portrait-10656-rafael_sabatini3.jpg $$ By 1921, Rafael Sabatini`s literary experience was already a quarter of a century, but it was then that success came to the writer – with the release in England, and later in the USA, of the novel “Scaramouche”, which tells about time of the Great French Revolution. The book became an international bestseller. Even greater success was accompanied by his novel “The Odyssey of Captain Blood”. Taking as a basis individual facts from the biography of the famous English pirate Henry Morgan, the writer created a charming image of a corsair-gentleman, alien to malice, money-grubbing, and injustice. Publishers undertook to republish his earlier books, staged plays based on his works. “I don`t care if others write better than mine, but I hate whoever catches more fish,” he said in an interview, perhaps referring to reviewers who disdained his writing. In his stories, with rare exceptions, he refers to real history and even in the preface to one of his books he assures us of “a firm intention to scrupulously adhere to the true, attested facts.” He began work on the novel by reading books on history, from them he moved on to documents, to artistic and epistolary works of the era, in which he saw the most important source of recreation of the “living reality of the past.” He believed that the novelist historian should study the period he depicted with such thoroughness that he felt at home in it. But if he knows his writing craft, Sabatini warned, he will not clutter up the story with acquired knowledge, but will only fill and illuminate his story with them. In historical novels, especially those of an adventure nature, truth and author`s fiction can be in very different proportions. According to Sabatini, the author has the right to create the plot of the work not only on the real events, but also on a certain amount of the artist`s fiction. By his own admission, “not interested in anything but history” the writer, called the criticism “Alexander Dumas of modern fiction”, made the characters of his books people of bygone eras, as really existed – from Cesare Borgia, False Dmitry, Columbus, to Robespierre, Charlotte Corday and the Duke Wellington and fictional characters. His imagination was especially excited by the theme of the sea, the adventures of free corsairs, which is present in many of his works. $$ rafael_sabatini4_1.jpg $$ And in 1935 “The Odyssey of Captain Blood” was transferred to the screen by the outstanding American director Michael Curtitz, the main roles in the film were played by Hollywood stars Errol Flynn and Olivia de Haviland. By the mid-1920s, Sabatini had become a wealthy writer. However, in 1927 the writer was trapped by a tragedy – his only son died in a car accident, Sabatini fell into depression, and a few years later he and his wife divorced. However, life gradually improved, the writer bought a house with a pond in a quiet place on the border of England and Wales in order to engage in his favorite fishing, where he intended to live the rest of his life. But in 1935, Sabatini married again. Together with his wife, every January, with the exception of the war years, he went skiing to Switzerland, to Adelboden. Sabatini continued to write, preferring stories, and in the 1930s, two books about Captain Blood and another volume of “Nights of History” were published, among others. During the Second World War, Sabatini began to have health problems, he wrote less; his last novel, The Gambler, was released in 1949. And the last book of the writer, a collection of stories “Turbulent Tales”, was published in 1950. In the winter of 1950, Sabatini, although seriously ill, went, as always, to Switzerland. But he spent most of his time in bed, barely able to hold a pen. And on February 13, 1950, the wonderful novelist, who wrote about fifty books and many stories, was gone … Raphael Sabatini was buried in Adelboden, so beloved by him.  http://www.rafaelsabatini.com/ © http://sabatini.ru

The Tyrant: An Episode in the Career of Cesare Borgia, a Play in Four Acts

Mistress Wilding

The Historical Nights` Entertainment. First Series

The Justice of the Duke

The Fool`s Love Story

Bellarion the Fortunate

Saint Martin`s Summer

The Carolinian

Fortune`s Fool

Venetian Masque

The Banner of the Bull; Three Episodes in the Career of Cesare Borgia

The Historical Nights` Entertainment. Second Series

Captain Blood

Bardelys the Magnificent

The Snare

The Baker of Rousillon

The Lion`s Skin

Scaramouche the Kingmaker

The Hounds of God

The Spiritualist

The Curate and the Actress

In Destiny`s Clutch

The Sword of Islam

The Ordeal

The Life of Cesare Borgia

The Wedding Gift

The Foster Lover


The Blackmailer

The Sea-Hawk

The Strolling Saint

The Red Mask

Wirgman`s Theory

The Fortunes of Captain Blood

The Wedding Gift

The Suitors of Yvonne

The Tapestried Room

The Trampling of the Lilies

Captain Blood

The Tavern Knight

Venetian Masque

The King`s Minion


Mr. Dewbury`s Consent

The Chronicles of Captain Blood

Monsieur Delamort

The Nuptials of Corbal