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Alexander Selkirk   /ˌæləgzˈændər sˈɛlkərk/   Listen
Alexander Selkirk

noun
1.
Scottish sailor who was put ashore on a deserted island off the coast of Chile for five years (providing the basis for Daniel Defoe's novel about Robinson Crusoe) (1676-1721).  Synonyms: Alexander Selcraig, Selcraig, Selkirk.






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"Alexander Selkirk" Quotes from Famous Books



... Although Alexander Selkirk, afterwards found by Dampier, was the true original of Robinson Crusoe, Defoe appears to have taken some of his descriptions from the adventures of the ...
— Notable Voyagers - From Columbus to Nordenskiold • W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith

... were printed in as many months. "Robinson Crusoe" was widely pirated, and its authorship gave rise to absurd rumours. Some claimed it had been written by Lord Oxford in the Tower; others that Defoe had appropriated Alexander Selkirk's papers. The latter idea was only justified inasmuch as the story was partly founded on Selkirk's adventures and partly on Dampier's voyages. Defoe died ...
— The World's Greatest Books, Vol III • Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.

... many books, but his best, "Robinson Crusoe," was produced after he had become a middle-aged man and had some money and a big, homely house with plenty of ground for his favorite gardening. The way the book came to be written was this. A sailor named Alexander Selkirk spent more than four years alone on the island of Juan Fernandez. When he was rescued and brought to England, many people went to gaze at him in his goatskin clothes and to hear him talk about his life on the island. Defoe went ...
— The Children's Hour, v 5. Stories From Seven Old Favorites • Eva March Tappan

... century, as well as of English squadrons despatched like those of Dampier and Anson, to prey on Spanish commerce, and needing to refit and water after the long voyage round Cape Horn. The Spaniards at last occupied it in 1750, in self-defence. It was here that Alexander Selkirk was put ashore ...
— Anson's Voyage Round the World - The Text Reduced • Richard Walter



Words linked to "Alexander Selkirk" :   crewman, Selkirk, Selcraig, sailor, Alexander Selcraig



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