Louis Becke's Modern Buccaneer: The transformation of William 'Bully' Hayes into the first modern literary pirate of the Pacific

Spicer, Chrystopher (2021) Louis Becke's Modern Buccaneer: The transformation of William 'Bully' Hayes into the first modern literary pirate of the Pacific. Journal of Australian, Canadian, and Aotearoa New Zealand Studies, 1 (2). pp. 73-108.

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Abstract

During his career, Louis Becke, the most internationally well-known Australian writer of the South Pacific region at the turn of the nineteenth century, wrote a series of novellas, stories, and articles that featured the infamous conman and thief, Captain William ‘Bully’ Hayes, with whom he had sailed through the Pacific Islands for a short period. Influenced by the work of Robert Louis Stevenson and earlier accounts of piracy in the Pacific, Becke’s fictionalized version of Hayes was the original archetypal South Pacific pirate character: a Long John Silver of the South Seas. Beginning with the first major work about Hayes, A Modern Buccaneer, substantially written by Becke although published under Boldrewood’s name, Becke’s re-imagined Hayes became the pervasive Pacific pirate literary trope not only throughout Becke’s books, stories, and articles but also within the work of subsequent writers.

Item ID: 77201
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2754-5547
Keywords: Louis Becke, Robert Louis Stevenson, Pirates, Pacific literature, Bully Hayes
Copyright Information: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2023 00:02
FoR Codes: 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4705 Literary studies > 470502 Australian literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature) @ 60%
45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4513 Pacific Peoples culture, language and history > 451304 Pacific Peoples cultural history @ 20%
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4705 Literary studies > 470526 Other literatures in English @ 20%
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