This lush, lyrical fantasy is Steinbeck's sole work of historical fiction. Henry Morgan ruled the Spanish Main in the 1670s, ravaging the coasts of Cuba and America and striking terror wherever he went. His lust and greed knew no bounds, and he was utterly consumed by two passions; to possess the mysterious woman known as La Santa Roja, the Red Saint, and to conquer Panama and wrest 'the cup of gold' from Spanish hands. This work is a fantastic, swashbuckling stuff!--This text refers to an alternatePaperbackedition.
The blurb on the cover says this was Steinbeck's one and only effort at an historical novel so I picked it up at once, being, myself, a lover of the historical tale. And frankly I like swashbucklers, to boot, so that promised an added kick. Well, it read smoothly enough and yet it was a rather odd offering, all in all, since it proved to be a somewhat lyrical rendering of the life of the infamous pirate Henry Morgan, making him out to be an idealistic dreamer-knight, driven … more