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Author Information: William Clark Russell



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William Clark Russell was born in New York in 1844 to English parents. His experiences in the British Merchant Marine provided an authentic backdrop for his acclaimed sea stories. Russell is highly regarded for his realistic portrayals of maritime life. Among his 57 volumes of prose and poetry is the influential novel, The Wreck of the Grosvenor, which, with its harrowing account of the sailor's plight, was very influential in the passage of reform laws to improve the lot of British merchant seamen. Russell died in 1911.


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