Sabatini, Rafael, 1875-1950

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Italian/British novelist.

From the description of The Sea-Hawk : typescript : [England?], [ca. 1914]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270635282

Rafael Sabatini was born in Jesi, Italy, on April 29, 1875, to opera singers Vincenzo and Anna Sabatini. Educated in Switzerland and Portugal, Sabatini was fluent in several languages; however, his mother, herself English, saw to it that English was his most natural tongue. After spending most of his young life traveling Europe, Sabatini settled in England around the turn of the century and began his career as a writer, publishing his first novel, The Lovers of Yvonne, in 1902. In 1918, he became a British citizen and served in the War Office Intelligence Department during World War I. In 1902, he married his first wife, Ruth Goad Dixon; their son Rafael died in a motorcycle accident in 1927. Following his divorce in 1932, Sabatini married Christine Dixon (no relation to his previous wife) and remained with her until his death in 1950 while on holiday in Adelboden, Switzerland.

A prominent historical novelist and dramatist, Sabatini possessed a style of accuracy and adventure that enthralled readers and audiences. His second novel, Bardelys the Magnificent (1906), solidified him as a public favorite. Among his most successful novels were Scaramouche (1921), an epic set in the French Revolution filled with duels, disguises, and death; and Captain Blood (1922), the story of a chivalrous West Indian buccaneer. Both of these characters returned in later novels to much success. Sabatini adapted several of his novels for the stage, including Bardelys the Magnificent and Scaramouche . A number of his most popular books made it onto the silver screen, including The Scourge (1922) based on his novel Fortune’s Fool (1923), with the same conspicuous success as his writings.

The works of Sabatini have endured for over a century, with posthumous volumes of his works being published to continued acclaim, including Heroic Lives (1971), a compilation of his historic biographies, and The Fortunes of Casanova (1994), a collection of his short stories.

From the guide to the Rafael Sabatini Papers, 1909-1950, (The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center)

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creatorOf Sabatini, Rafael, 1875-1950. The Sea-Hawk : typescript : [England?], [ca. 1914]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Goodrich, Ira B. For love and honor [microform] : a romantic drama in five acts and nine scenes / dramatized by Ira B. Goodrich ; from [the] story by Rafael Sabatini. University of Missouri -- Columbia, MU Libraries; University of Missouri; MU; Ellis Library; University of Missouri Columbia
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence, 1881-1981 (inclusive), 1940-1979 (bulk). Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Rubinsteïn, Harold Frederick, 1891-. Letters to Harold Frederick Rubinsteïn, 1914-1949. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Sabatini, Rafael, 1875-1950. Letter to Benjamin Shambaugh. [s. l.]. 1931 Oct. 25. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Letters from various correspondents, 1921-1951. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Literary Agency of London. Letters to the Literary Agency of London, 1899-1916. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Sabatini, Rafael, 1875-1950. Letter to Cazenove. Liverpool, Eng. 1908 Jan. 12. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Goodrich, Ira B. The suitors of Yvonne [microform] : a romantic drama in four acts and six scenes / by Ira B. Goodrich ; arranged from story by Rafael Sabatini. University of Missouri -- Columbia, MU Libraries; University of Missouri; MU; Ellis Library; University of Missouri Columbia
referencedIn Rubinsteïn, Harold Frederick, 1891-. Letters to Harold Frederick Rubinsteïn, 1914-1949. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn A.P. Watt (Firm). A.P. Watt records, 1888-1982 (major authors N-S). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn A. P. Watt & Son, 1883-1917. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn A.P. Watt (Firm). A.P. Watt & Son correspondence, 1883-1917. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Goodrich, Ira B. The suitors of Yvonne [microform] : a romantic drama in four acts and seven scenes ; adapted from the story by Rafael Sabatini / I.B. Goodrich. University of Missouri -- Columbia, MU Libraries; University of Missouri; MU; Ellis Library; University of Missouri Columbia
referencedIn Swinnerton, Frank, 1884-1982. Letters, 1923-1926, England, to Philip D. Sherman, Oberlin, Ohio. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Donald and Katharine Foley Collection of Penguin Books, 1935-1965 Bancroft Library
creatorOf Miller, Seton I. The sea hawk : screenplay, 1940 Jan. 23 / by Seton I. Miller & Howard Koch. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Literary Agency of London. Letters to the Literary Agency of London, 1899-1916. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Cleland, T. M. (Thomas Maitland), 1880-1964. T. M. Cleland costume designs for Scaramouche, 1923. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Sabatini, Rafael, 1875-1950. Letter to Bertha Shambaugh. [s.l.]. 1936 Dec. 17. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Rafael Sabatini Papers, 1909-1950 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Houghton Mifflin Company. Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Haggard, H. Rider (Henry Rider), 1856-1925. H. RIder Haggard papers, 1866-1956. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
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Birth 1875-04-29

Death 1950-02-13

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