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Author Archive: "Geoffrey Wolff"

Powell’s Q&A: Geoffrey Wolff

Describe your latest book.
To refer to The Hard Way Around: The Passages of Joshua Slocum as a labor of love would be to dramatize the cost of it. Rather, shipping aboard with Joshua Slocum as he sailed the seven seas during the last half of the 19th century was an indulgence of love , sparked almost 50 years ago when a friend gave me his copy of Sailing Alone Around the World. I never felt a moment's regret reading or studying this master mariner and his prose, his schemes and adventures, his escapes from disasters and his audacious achievement: first to sail alone and around and for no reason other than he felt like doing it.

If someone were to write your biography, what would be the title and subtitle?
Oh, Honestly!: A Son of the Duke of Deception

What's the strangest or most interesting job you've ever had?
My fanciest job title was bestowed upon my person at United Aircraft's Sikorsky helicopter factory in Bridgeport, Connecticut: "Engineering Communications Co-ordinator" (I was the mailboy). My ...


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