About the author: After graduating in English, William Jones followed a career in university adult education, and is now Professor of Lifelong Learning at Newcastle University. His research is in the fields both of education and literature, which he combines with his long-standing interest in maritime history to pursue studies of nautical writing, especially poetry..2003 0-7734-6766-1
This is the first ever scholarly edition of Falconer’s poetry. After an account of Falconer’s life and reputation, this study concentrates on Falconer’s masterwork, The Shipwreck, an autobiographical narrative of a disastrous shipwreck in 1749, of which Falconer was one of three survivors. The poem is unique in its autobiographical/narrative/didactic/epic character. The poem survives in three distinct and much modified versions. The study also examines some of Falconer’s other minor poetry.