George Lewis Becke (1848-1913) was an Australian short-story writer
and novelist. He began his voyages in the south seas at a very
early age and there are two accounts of these beginnings: one by
the Earl of Pembroke, who presumably obtained his information from
Becke, which is prefixed to By Reef and Palm (1894), and the other
written by Becke. It is difficult to reconcile them, and all that
is certain is that Becke spent many years on vessels trading in the
Pacific islands. Becke went to London, and he remained in Europe
for about 15 years, during which time a large number of collections
of short stories and a few novels and stories for boys were
published. He was fairly paid by the magazines for his stories, but
he always sold his books outright. About 30 of Becke's books are
listed in Miller's Australian Literature with six other volumes
written in collaboration with W. J. Jeffery. Among Becke's books
are: The Naval Pioneers of Australia (1899), and By Rock and Pool
on an Austral Shore and Other Stories (1901).
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