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Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea (Modern Library Classics)

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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."

Synopsis:

The story of a young man's adventure sailing from Boston, around Cape Horn, to the California coast is a riveting, insightful account of life at sea (and the best surviving account of what it was like in 1834), replete with fascinating historical detail on California before the gold rush. This edition contains a new introduction by Gary Kinder.

About the Author

Gary Kinder is the author of Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea. He lives in Seattle.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375757945
Introduction:
Kinder, Gary
Publisher:
Modern Library
Introduction by:
Kinder, Gary
Introduction:
Kinder, Gary
Author:
Kinder, Gary
Author:
Dana, Richard Henry
Author:
Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
Author:
Dana, Richard Henry, Jr.
Location:
New York
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Maritime History
Subject:
Sailing - Narratives
Subject:
Voyages and travels
Subject:
Seafaring life
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Nautical-Sailing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Classics
Series Volume:
106-767
Publication Date:
20011031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 BandW ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1 x 0.9 in 0.8 lb

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"Synopsis" by , The story of a young man's adventure sailing from Boston, around Cape Horn, to the California coast is a riveting, insightful account of life at sea (and the best surviving account of what it was like in 1834), replete with fascinating historical detail on California before the gold rush. This edition contains a new introduction by Gary Kinder.
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