He was born with…

He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.

– Rafael Sabatini


born in Jesi, Italy April 29, 1875
died: February 13, 1950
gender: male
website: http://www.rafaelsabatini.com/
genre: Literature & Fiction

Rafael Sabatini (1875 – 1950) was an Italian/British writer of novels of romance and adventure. At a young age, Rafael was exposed to many languages. By the time he was seventeen, he was the master of five languages. He quickly added a sixth language – English – to his linguistic collection.

After a brief stint in the business world, Sabatini went to work as a writer. He wrote short stories in the 1890s, and his first novel came out in 1902. Sabatini was a prolific writer; he produced a new book approximately every year.

He consciously chose to write in his adopted language, because, he said, “all the best stories are written in English. ” In all, he produced thirty one novels, eight short story collections, six nonfiction books, numerous uncollected short stories, and a play.

He is best known for his world-wide bestsellers: The Sea Hawk (1915), Scaramouche (1921), Captain Blood (1922) and Bellarion the Fortunate (1926). Other famous works by Sabatini are The Lion’s Skin (1911), The Strolling Saint (1913) and The Snare (1917).



One thought on “He was born with…

  1. ‘April 29, 1875: Italian writer Rafael Sabatini’s swashbuckling tales made him a best-seller. He was born in Iesi, Italy, 138 years ago today. This quote, the first line of his novel Scaramouche, is also carved on his tombstone.’
    – Goodreads

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