William Clark Russell — Author

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Hi Laurie,

I found your name on the internet with your brief review of William Clark Russell’s John Holdsworth: Chief Mate and The Wreck of the Grosvenor. I’ve been collecting this author’s books for a few years now and I’m trying to write a book (the first, I believe) on his life and work. I’ve also created a detailed bibliography of his novels, other books and over 200 short stories. Coincidentally, John Holdsworth was the first book I found by William Clark Russell. Before then, I’d only heard of him through Conan Doyle’s short story The Five Orange Pips where Watson is reading one of Clark Russell’s sea stories. It’s a great book and an enthralling read that had me gripped to the last page. The Wreck of the Grosvenor is another favourite (and, I think, his most famous work). However, I have about 70 other Clark Russell titles and I’d love to hear from you about your interest as Clark Russell admirers seem pretty thin on the ground. Have you read any other books by him? The Frozen Pirate is even better than the two books you mention. Do you know of any other Clark Russell readers?

Here are more W. Clark Russell titles I particularly like:
– Auld Lang Syne (1878)
– An Ocean Tragedy (1881)
– Jack’s Courtship (1884)
– A Strange Voyage (1885)
– The Golden Hope (1887)
– Heart of Oak (1895) (titled A Three-Stranded Yarn: The Wreck of the Lady Emma in US)
– The Ship’s Adventure (1901) (titled The Mate of the Good Ship York in US)
– Overdue (1903) (entitled The Captain’s Wife in US)
– Abandoned (1904)
– all the short story/article collections are very good: My Watch Below (1882), Round the Galley Fire (1883), On the Fo’c’sle Head (1884), In the Middle Watch (1885), A Book for the Hammock (1887), The Phantom Death and Other Stories (1895).

Regards, John Addy, England