Howard Pyle (Mar 5, 1853 – Nov 9, 1911) was an American illustrator and author. In 1894 he began teaching illustration at the Drexel Institute. On the verge of twentieth century, he has founded his own school of art. His classic publication of The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood remains in print up to date due to its popularity. He published his first novel, Otto of the Silver Hand, in 1888. He also illustrated historical and adventure stories for papers and magazines.
Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates is a collection of short stories about pirates and their adventures. Crashing waves, thundering cannons, shining gold and Jolly Roger – all that and more can be found on the pages of this book that is a priceless present for all lovers of sea romance, overwhelming freedom and great dangers. Heave up the anchor, hoist the sails and get ready to catch some fair wind and watch how fortune favors the bold! Yo-ho-ho and the bottle of rum!