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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
OLBX004 By Reef and Palm
  A Basket of Bread-fruit
  Brantley of Vahitahi
  Challis the Doubter
  The Chilean Bluejacket
  The Doctor's Wife
  Enderby's Courtship
  The Fate of the Alida
  Long Charley's Good Little Wife
  The Methodical Mr Burr of Maduro
  Pallou's Taloi
  The Rangers of the Tia Kau
  The Revenge of Macy O'Shea
  "'Tis in the Blood"
  A Truly Great Man
1894 68 369k eBook Download PDF - 'By Reef and Palm' (OLBX004)   Download ePub - 'By Reef and Palm' (OLBX004) Find a printed copy of By Reef and Palm by Louis Becke at AbeBooks
OLBX002 The Ebbing of the Tide: South Sea Stories
  At A Kafa-drinking
  At the Ebbing of the Tide
  Auriki Reef
  "The Best Asset in A Fools Estate"
  A Boating Party of Two
  The Cook of the "Spreetoo Santoo" - A Study in Beachcombers
  A Dead Loss
  Deschard of Oneaka
  The Fallacies of Hilliard
  The Feast At Pentecost
  Hickson: A Half-Caste
  An Honour to the Service
  In Nouméa
  Kennedy the Boatsteerer
  Loisé, the Half-blood
  "Luliban of the Pool"
  Lupton's Guest: A Memory of the Eastern Pacific
  Mrs. Liardet: A South Sea Trading Episode
  Nell of Mulliner's Camp
  Ninia
  A Tale of A Mask
1896 112 504k eBook Download PDF - 'The Ebbing of the Tide: South Sea Stories' (OLBX002)   Download ePub - 'The Ebbing of the Tide: South Sea Stories' (OLBX002) Find a printed copy of The Ebbing of the Tide: South Sea Stories by Louis Becke at AbeBooks
OLBX001 Pacific Tales
  The Arm of Luno Capál
  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
1896 127 638k eBook Download PDF - 'Pacific Tales' (OLBX001)   Download ePub - 'Pacific Tales' (OLBX001) Find a printed copy of Pacific Tales by Louis Becke at AbeBooks
OLBX005 Ridan the Devil and Other Stories
  Addie Ransom: A Memory of the Tokelaus
  An Adventure in the New Hebrides
  Bilger, of Sydney
  A Boating Adventure in the Carolines
  Bobaran
  A Christmas Eve in the Far South Seas
  Denison Gets A Berth Ashore
  Denison's Second Berth Ashore
  A Fish Drive on A Micronesian Atoll
  In A Native Village
  The 'Killers' of Twofold Bay
  Maurice Kinane
  A Memory of 'The System'
  A North Pacific Lagoon Island
  An Old Colonial Mutiny
  Rídan the Devil
  Sea Fishing in Australia
  The South Sea Bubble of Charles Du Breil
  The Vision of Milli the Slave
  The White Wife and the Brown 'Woman'
  With Hook and Line on An Austral River
  The Wreck of the Leonora: A Memory of 'Bully' Hayes
1899 114 574k eBook Download PDF - 'Ridan the Devil and Other Stories' (OLBX005)   Download ePub - 'Ridan the Devil and Other Stories' (OLBX005) Find a printed copy of Ridan the Devil and Other Stories by Louis Becke at AbeBooks
OLBX003 The Tapu of Banderah and Other Stories
  The Adventure of Elizabeth Morey, of New York
  The Americans in the South Seas
  The Beginning of the Sea Story of Australia
  The Brass Gun of the Buccaneers
  The Brothers-in-law: A Tale of the Equatorial Islands
  Foster's Letter of Marque
  "The Gallant, Good Riou"
  In the Far North
  Jack Renton
  Officer and Man
  Pakia
  Sarreo
  The South Seaman
  Susani
  The Tapu of Banderah
1901 114 554k eBook Download PDF - 'The Tapu of Banderah and Other Stories' (OLBX003)   Download ePub - 'The Tapu of Banderah and Other Stories' (OLBX003) Find a printed copy of The Tapu of Banderah and Other Stories by Louis Becke at AbeBooks

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