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Two Years Before the Mast : Penguin Classics - Richard Henry Dana

Two Years Before the Mast

Penguin Classics

Paperback Published: 17th December 1981
ISBN: 9780140390087
Number Of Pages: 576
For Ages: 18+ years old

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In 1834, Richard Henry Dana Jr. left the comforts of Boston for the hardships and abuses of the most exploited segment of the American working class.  Dana’s account of his passage around Cape Horn to California, and back, is a remarkable portrait of the seagoing life: the day-to-day routines and conversations, the sailors who manned the ship, the brutality of incompetent officers, and the style of life in the newly emerging coastal towns of California. 

As Thomas Philbrick discusses in his introduction, the public’s sympathy for the plight of mariners, which was aroused by the book, eventually faded, but Two Years Before the Mast forever changed readers’ romanticized perceptions of life at sea and inaugurated a lasting tradition of realism and concern for human values.

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"Possesses . . . the romantic charm of Robinson Crusoe." --Ralph Waldo Emerson

Introductionp. 7
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 31
A Note on the Textp. 33
Two Years Before the Mastp. 35
Notesp. 485
"Twenty-Four Years After"p. 497
Notes for "Twenty-Four Years After"p. 535
Glossary of Nautical Termsp. 537
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ISBN: 9780140390087
ISBN-10: 0140390081
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 17th December 1981
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 16.51 x 12.7  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45

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