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The last bookaneer, Matthew Pearl

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The last bookaneer
Title
The last bookaneer
Statement of responsibility
Matthew Pearl
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"From the New York Times-bestselling author of the Dante Club, the story of an epic literary heist by a forgotten class of consummate criminals book' a-neer' (bookaneer), n. a literary pirate; an individual capable of doing all that must be done in the universe of books that publishers, authors, and readers must not have a part in London, 1890--Pen Davenport is the most infamous bookaneer in Europe. A master of disguise, he makes his living stalking harbors, coffeehouses, and print shops for the latest manuscript to steal. But this golden age of publishing is on the verge of collapse. For a hundred years, loose copyright laws and a hungry reading public created a unique opportunity: books could easily be published abroad without an author's permission. Authors gained fame but suffered financially--Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, to name a few--but publishers reaped enormous profits while readers bought books inexpensively. Yet on the eve of the twentieth century, a new international treaty is signed to grind this literary underground to a sharp halt. The bookaneers are on the verge of extinction. From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Dante Club, Matthew Pearl, The Last Bookaneer is the astonishing story of these literary thieves' epic final heist. On the island of Samoa, a dying Robert Louis Stevenson labors over a new novel. The thought of one last book from the great author fires the imaginations of the bookaneers, and soon Davenport sets out for the South Pacific accompanied by his assistant Fergins. But Davenport is hardly the only bookaneer with a mind to pirate Stevenson's last novel. His longtime adversary, the monstrous Belial, appears on the island, and soon Davenport, Fergins, and Belial find themselves embroiled in a conflict larger, perhaps, than literature itself. In The Last Bookaneer, Pearl crafts a finely wrought tale about a showdown between brilliant men in the last great act of their professions. It is nothing short of a page-turning journey to the heart of a lost era. Praise for The Last Bookaneer: "Matthew Pearl has a particular specialty: finding an obscure corner of 19th-century history and spinning from it literary fiction that is thought-provoking, enlightening, smoothly written -- and a ripping good story to boot." --The Seattle Times"--
Summary
As the 19th century draws to an end, two bookaneers are caught up in a colonial war on Samoa as they compete to steal Robert Louis Stevenson's last manuscript and make a fortune before a new international treaty ends the bookaneers' trade forever
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Provided by publisher
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10409882
Cataloging source
DLC
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Pearl, Matthew
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3616.E25
LC item number
L367 2016
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Publishers and publishing
  • Stevenson, Robert Louis
  • Samoa
  • Copyright infringement
  • Authorship
  • FICTION / Historical
  • FICTION / Action & Adventure
  • Stevenson, Robert Louis
  • Authorship
  • Copyright infringement
  • Manuscripts
  • Publishers and publishing
  • Europe
  • Samoa
Target audience
adult
Label
The last bookaneer, Matthew Pearl
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
389 pages
Isbn
9781594204920
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2016011956
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)916592721
Label
The last bookaneer, Matthew Pearl
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
389 pages
Isbn
9781594204920
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2016011956
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)916592721

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