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Two Years Before the Mast : A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea
by Richard Henry Dana and Gary Kinder


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780375757945
  • ISBN-10: 0375757945
  • Publisher: Modern Library
  • Publish Date: October 2001
  • Page Count: 544
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds

Series: Modern Library Classics (Paperback)

Related Categories

Books > Sports & Recreation > Sailing - General
Books > Travel > Essays & Travelogues
Books > History > United States - 19th Century

 
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