|Literary critic Alan Jacobs considers the author Patrick O'Brian, whose work was virtually ignored until 1991, as perhaps the best historical novelist ever. O'Brian's novels, set in the British Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, leave readers drawn into the physical world and experiences of the characters, but also into their moral world. Jacobs comments on O'Brian's use of music in the series, his use of technical language about sailing, and the qualities that make O'Brian such an effective historical novelist.|
Patrick O'Brian's novels are published by W. W. Norton and Company, and are available through the Mars Hill Audio book service
|Alan Jacobs has contributed to multiple editions of the Journal; click here for his record. |
Alan Jacobs has also been featured on the MARS HILL AUDIO Conversations "Decadent Immortals: Alan Jacobs on Anne Rice" and "The Public Poetry of W. H. Auden." Short descriptions of these Conversations are listed here. In addition, MARS HILL AUDIO has recorded Jacobs's A Visit to Vanity Fair: Moral Essays on the Present Age. A description of the book is available here. A chapter about C. S. Lewis from Jacobs's A Visit to Vanity Fair is published on the MARS HILL AUDIO Anthology, The Christian Mind of C. S. Lewis. For more information about it, click here.