Pirates no longer resemble (and probably never did) the melancholy, much-wronged hero of Rafael Sabatini’s 1922 novel
Captain Blood: His Odyssey. Various aspects of the nature and sources of piracy today, and international responses to it, are subjects of three articles (“Understanding Piracy”) in this issue, which will also appear as chapters in our Newport Paper 35 (forthcoming in late 2009 or early 2010),
Piracy and Maritime Crime: Historical and Modern Case Studies, edited by Bruce Elleman, Andrew Forbes, and David Rosenberg. They appear here by permission of their authors and of Professor Elleman and his coeditors.
Our cover image was painted by the famous American artist and illustrator N. C. Wyeth (1882–1945) for the original Houghton Mifflin edition of Sabatini’s novel, which became the vehicle for the 1935 movie Captain Blood, starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. The book was reissued in 1998, with the same cover art, by the Akadine Press.
© 1922 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Used by permission.