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Is there a source for the implicit claim that Sabatini did not know English when a child? I.e., "He quickly added a sixth language — English — to his linguistic collection. He consciously chose to write in his adopted language,…" Adrian's mini-biography in the Oxford U.P. edition of The Fortunes of Casanova states that he lived with his grandfather in Liverpool from "the age of only 2 1/2… for nearly five years". Both the article and Adrian agree that Sabatini's mother was English, which makes the claim even less plausible. I'm not removing this claim with my edit, but am adding information which seems to contradict it.
- It seems that as a child he knew English poorly. His father didn't know English, so Italian was spoken at home. His mother lived for most of her life in Italy and Sabatini stated that he spoke Italian to her. http://www.rafaelsabatini.com/rsinterview.html
Comments on Works Section distinguishing Compilations from Collections
I would advise dividing Works subsection titled "Collections" into two or more separate subsections -- that is Collections and Compilations.
Several of the books indicated are actually Compilations of previous novels [two or more novels bound together into one physical book] vs. [Short Story] Collections [two or more short stories or novellas bound together into one physical book].
The following would most likely be categorized as Compilations:
In the Shadow of the Guillotine Saga of the Sea (3 Novels) Sinner, Saint & Jester (3 Novels) Stories of Love, Intrigue & Battle (3 Vols.)
The following would most likely be categorized as Short Story Collections: Justice of the Duke, The Turbulent Tales Fair Head of Angling Stories, A Fortunes of Casanova & Other Stories, The Outlaws of Falkensteig, The Camisade and Other Stories of the French Revolution, The
The following would most likely be categorized as Short Novels [Novellas/Novelettes]: Banner of the Bull, The Nuptials of Corbal, The Reaping, The
Just to clarify, per official definition of Science Fiction Writers of America
Novel: is a work of fiction over 40,000 words in length. Novella: is a work of fiction 7,500 to 17,499 words in length. Novelette: is a work of fiction 17,499 to 40,000 words in length. Short Story: is a work of fiction up to 7,499 words in length.