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Two Years Before the Mast

Two Years Before the Mast

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Written by Richard Henry Dana, Jr.Author Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
Introduction by Gary KinderAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Gary Kinder

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
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  • Publisher: Modern Library
  • On Sale: October 9, 2001
  • Price: $15.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-375-75794-5 (0-375-75794-5)
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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."

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