The names William Bligh, Fletcher Christian, and the Bounty have excited the popular imagination for more than two hundred years. The story of this famous mutiny has many beginnings and many endings but they all intersect on an April morning in 1789 near the island known today as Tonga. That morning, William Bligh and eighteen surly seamen were expelled from the Bounty and began what would be the greatest open-boat voyage in history, sailing some 4,000 miles to safety in Timor. The mutineers led by Fletcher Christian sailed off into a mystery that has never been entirely resolved.
While the full story of what drove the men to revolt or what really transpired during the struggle may never be known, Penguin Classics has brought together-for the first time in one volume-all the relevant texts and documents related to a drama that has fascinated generations. Here is the full text of Bligh's Narrative of the Mutiny, the minutes of the court proceedings gathered by Edward Christian in an effort to clear his brother's name, and the highly polemic correspondence between Bligh and Christian-all amplified by Robert Madison's illuminating Introduction and rich selection of subsequent Bounty narratives.
About The Author
William Bligh (1754-1817) was an English admiral and master of the H. M. S. Bounty. Edward Christian (1758-1823) was the elder brother of Fletcher Christian, the leader of the mutiny. R. D. Madison is Professor of English at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. He has edited several volumes of military and naval history, including the Penguin Classics edition of Thomas Wentworth Higginson's 'Army Life in a Black Regiment and Other Writings'.
"Highly recommended . . . Anyone interested in the Bounty mutiny should own this book."
|Suggestions for Further Reading||p. xxiii|
|A Note on the Texts||p. xxv|
|A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty||p. 1|
|Minutes of the Proceedings of the Court-Martial held at Portsmouth, August 12, 1792. On Ten Persons charged with Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship the Bounty, with an Appendix||p. 67|
|An Answer to Certain Assertions Contained in the Appendix to a Pamphlet||p. 153|
|A Short Reply to Capt. William Bligh's Answer||p. 183|
|Bligh's Orders and a Description of the Breadfruit||p. 197|
|Lady Belcher's Account of the Pandora (1870)||p. 205|
|The Quarterly Review on the Bounty (1810)||p. 213|
|The Quarterly Review on the Bounty (1815)||p. 215|
|Jenny's Story (1829)||p. 228|
|John Adams's Story (1831)||p. 235|
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Series: Penguin Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 18th November 2003
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.6
Weight (kg): 19.7
Edition Number: 1