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The Story of the Voyage : Sea-Narratives in Eighteenth-Century England - Philip Edwards

The Story of the Voyage

Sea-Narratives in Eighteenth-Century England


Published: 14th July 2004
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This is the first full study of one of the most popular and extensive forms of eighteenth-century literature, the voyage narrative. It illustrates the wide variety of published and unpublished material in this field, from self-satisfied official accounts to the little-known narratives of victims of the press-gang. It includes a survey of writings about the Pacific - including Cook's voyages and Bligh and The Bounty; there is a major new study of William Dampier, studies of writings about the slave-trade, and accounts of seamen and passengers, including Fielding and Mary Wollstonecraft. This is a book about writing, rather than exploration and adventure, dealing with the devious routes from the actuality of experience to the production of self-serving narratives. These are narratives of energy, vitality and interest, set within the context of British competitive sea-going imperialism.

"Edwards comments are enlightening and discerning, and the extent of the research its preparation must have involved is evident. One gathers that he may well have examined personally a majority of the two-thousand travel-narratives that he estimates were published in the century." W. Kaye Lamb, B.C. Historical News

William Dampier
A disconsolate black albatross
The wreck of the Wager
Dr Hawkesworth at sea
Cook and the Forsters
The silence of Fletcher Christian
The slave-trade
The unfortunates
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ISBN: 9780521604260
ISBN-10: 0521604265
Series: Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Thought
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 14th July 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.4