Rafael Sabatini (1875 - 1950) was an Italian/Britishwriter of novels of romance and adventure.
He was born in Jesi, Italy to an English mother and Italian father. His parents were operasingers who became teachers.
When Rafael Sabatini is mentioned most people think of high adventure, sword-fighting and damsels in distress. This isn't surprising since his most famous works have been translated into the classic swashbuckling films The Sea Hawk, Scaramouche, and Captain Blood.
However, these three books represent a small fraction of Sabatini's work. A popular author during his lifetime, he produced 31 novels, 8 short novel/short story collections, 6 nonfiction books, numerous uncollected short stories, and a play.
From LibriVox:1. Captain Blood - Captain Blood is an adventure novel by Rafael Sabatini, originally published in 1922. It concerns the sharp-witted Dr. Peter Blood, an Irish physician, who is convicted of treason in the aftermath of the Monmouth rebellion in 1685, and enslaved on the Caribbean island of Barbados. He escapes and becomes a pirate. Captain Blood was the basis for the Academy Award-nominated swashbuckling film that rocketed Errol Flynn and Olivia de Haviland to stardom in Hollywood. The fast-paced historical fiction of Rafael Sabatini is often compared with that of Robert Louis Stevenson and Alexandre Dumas.