Two Years Before the Mast (Mass Market)

Two Years Before the Mast By Richard Henry Dana, Jr., John Seelye (Introduction by), Wes Davis (Afterword by) Cover Image

Two Years Before the Mast (Mass Market)

By Richard Henry Dana, Jr., John Seelye (Introduction by), Wes Davis (Afterword by)


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Tracing an awe-inspiring oceanic route from Boston, around Cape Horn, to the California coast, Two Years Before the Mast is both a riveting story of adventure and the most eloquent, insightful account we have of life at sea in the early nineteenth century. Richard Henry Dana is only nineteen when he abandons the patrician world of Boston and Harvard for an arduous voyage among real sailors, amid genuine danger. The result is an astonishing read, replete with vivid descriptions of storms, whales, and the ship's mad captain, terrible hardship and magical beauty, and fascinating historical detail, including an intriguing portrait of California before the gold rush. As D. H. Lawrence proclaimed, "Dana's small book is a very great book."
John Seelye is a graduate research professor of American literature at the University of Florida. He is the author of The True Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain at the Movies, Prophetic Waters: The River in Early American Literature, Beautiful Machine: Rivers and the Early Republic, Memory's Nation: The Place of Plymouth Rock, and War Games: Richard Harding Davis and the New Imperialism. He is also the consulting editor for Penguin Classics in American literature.

Product Details ISBN: 9780451531254
ISBN-10: 0451531256
Publisher: Signet
Publication Date: April 7th, 2009
Pages: 432
Language: English
Series: Signet Classics
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