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Louis Becke

a.k.a. George Lewis Becke

Author Code: OLBX

Born: Jun. 18, 1859 - Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia

Died: Feb. 18, 1913 - Sydney, Australia

Educated at the Fort Street Model School in Sydney, Becke traveled to San Francisco with his brother in 1870. Attracted by the lure of the sea, he stowed away on a barque in 1875 and went to Samoa and over the next 10 years had a number of adventures in the Pacific. He married in 1886 and worked in Sydney until 1890, when he again went to sea. Becke turned to writing on his return to Sydney when he was unable to find work and, in 1893, published his first story, 'Tis in the Blood, in The Bulletin periodical. His first book, By Reef and Palm, a collection of short stories, appeared in 1894 and was a great success. Unfortunately, Becke had sold the copyright so didn't share in the profit made by the publisher. Although he produced many collections of stories which were very popular, Becke remained in debt for most of his literary career and was eventually forced into bankruptcy. He lived in Ireland in 1901 and spent 1903 to 1906 in France. He returned to Australia in 1908 and in 1910 was elected to the Royal Society of New South Wales. He died of cancer in 1913, destitude and largely forgotten. His works include Pacific Tales (1896), Ridan the Devil and Other Stories (1898), Tom Wallis (1900), Yorke the Adventurer (1901), The Jalasco Brig (1902), Under Tropic Skies (1904), Sketches From Normandy (1906), The Call of the South (1908) and The Adventures of Louis Blake (1909).

eBook Code Title/Sub-Title Pub. Yr Pages File Size Type Download Format Find Printed Copy
OLBX001 Pacific Tales
  The Arm of Luno Cap├íl
  Chester's "Cross"
  Collier: "The Blackbirder"
  Dr. Ludwig Schwalbe, South Sea Savant
  In the Evening
  "For We Were Friends Always"
  The Great Crushing At Mount Sugar-bag
  Hollis's Debt: A Tale of the North-west Pacific
  In the Old, Beach-combing Days
  An Island Memory: English Bob
  Mrs. Malleson's Rival
  Nikoa
  The Obstinacy of Mrs. Tatton
  Prescott of Naura
  In A Samoan Village
  The Shadows of the Dead
  The Strange White Woman of Maduro
  The Treasure of Don Bruno
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