Mistress of the Seas is a 1964 novel by John Carlova based on the life of pirate Anne Bonny.


In 1952 Carlova was researching another project at the British Museum when he read about Anne Bonny. He later researched Bonny's life in the West Indies and tried to sell the idea of a book on her to publishers but none were interested. A magazine expressed interest in a shorter version, and Carlova wrote an 80,000 word piece. However, the magazine only wanted a short article, which Carlova wrote. In 1962 a publisher's representative read the article in a magazine in a barber and became excited about the possibilities of the story as a book, "a kind of seagoing Forever Amber." He asked Carlova if he was interested in adapting it and Carlova submitted the 80,000 word manuscript. It was accepted for publication by Citadel Press.[1]

Film Adaptation

A number of attempts were made to turn the book into a film, including:


  1. ^ Weinstock, Matt (25 September 1962). "This writer's pirate ship finally came in". The Los Angeles Times. p. 32.
  2. ^ Kilday, Gregg (12 April 1978). "Harvey:Movies Back to Back". The Los Angeles Times. p. 8 Part 4.
  3. ^ Lochte, Dick (16 August 1981). "Book Notes". The Los Angeles Times. p. 2 Book Review.
  4. ^ Frook, John Evan (13 July 1993). "Verhoeven exits Col's 'Mistress of the Seas'". Variety. Retrieved 4 March 2023.