Two Years Before the Mast

  • Filename: two-years-before-the-mast.
  • ISBN: 1537747878
  • Release Date: 2016-09-19
  • Number of pages: 338
  • Author: Richard H. Dana, Jr.
  • Publisher:



Two Years before the MastA MemoirRichard H. Dana, Jr.Two Years Before the Mast is a memoir by the American author Richard Henry Dana, Jr., published in 1840, having been written after a two-year sea voyage from Boston to California on a merchant ship starting in 1834.In the book, which takes place between 1834 and 1836, Dana gives a vivid account of "the life of a common sailor at sea as it really is". He sails from Boston to South America and around Cape Horn to California. Dana's ship was on a voyage to trade goods from the United States for the Mexican colonial Californian California missions' and ranchos' cow hides. They traded at the ports in San Diego Bay, San Pedro Bay, Santa Barbara Channel, Monterey Bay, and San Francisco Bay.Of the return trip around Cape Horn, on his new ship the Alert, in the middle of the Antarctic winter, Dana gives the classic account. He describes terrifying storms and incredible beauty, giving vivid descriptions of icebergs, which he calls incomparable. The most incredible part perhaps is the weeks and weeks it took to negotiate passage against winds and storms-all the while having to race up and down the ice-covered rigging to furl and unfurl sails. At one point he has an infected tooth, and his face swells up so that he is unable to work for several days, despite the need for all hands. Upon reaching Staten Island (known today as Isla de los Estados), they know they have nearly come around the Horn. After the Horn has been rounded he describes the scurvy that afflicts members of the crew. In White-Jacket, Herman Melville wrote, "But if you want the best idea of Cape Horn, get my friend Dana's unmatchable Two Years Before the Mast. But you can read, and so you must have read it. His chapters describing Cape Horn must have been written with an icicle."

Two Years Before the Mast

  • Filename: two-years-before-the-mast.
  • ISBN: 9781616401498
  • Release Date: 2010-01-01
  • Number of pages: 430
  • Author: Jr. Dana
  • Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.



Originally published between 1909 and 1917 under the name "Harvard Classics," this stupendous 51-volume set-a collection of the greatest writings from literature, philosophy, history, and mythology-was assembled by American academic CHARLES WILLIAM ELIOT (1834-1926), Harvard University's longest-serving president. Also known as "Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf," it represented Eliot's belief that a basic liberal education could be gleaned by reading from an anthology of works that could fit on five feet of bookshelf. Volume XXIII features the classic memoir of life on the high seas, Two Years Before the Mast, by American lawyer and activist RICHARD HENRY DANA JR. (1815-1882). No adventure tale, this is an expose of how poorly enlisted sailors were treated, which Dana learned firsthand on a two-year 1830s voyage from Boston around Cape Horn to California. First published in 1846, this volume also includes an appendix to the 1869 edition, "Twenty-Four Years After," in which Dana returns to California. Indeed, this work is important not only for its treatment of naval life but for its rare depiction of early California, both before and after the Gold Rush.

Two Years Before the Mast

  • Filename: two-years-before-the-mast.
  • ISBN: 9781616401504
  • Release Date: 2010-01-01
  • Number of pages: 430
  • Author: Jr. Richard Henry Dana
  • Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.



Originally published between 1909 and 1917 under the name "Harvard Classics," this stupendous 51-volume set-a collection of the greatest writings from literature, philosophy, history, and mythology-was assembled by American academic CHARLES WILLIAM ELIOT (1834-1926), Harvard University's longest-serving president. Also known as "Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf," it represented Eliot's belief that a basic liberal education could be gleaned by reading from an anthology of works that could fit on five feet of bookshelf. Volume XXIII features the classic memoir of life on the high seas, Two Years Before the Mast, by American lawyer and activist RICHARD HENRY DANA JR. (1815-1882). No adventure tale, this is an expose of how poorly enlisted sailors were treated, which Dana learned firsthand on a two-year 1830s voyage from Boston around Cape Horn to California. First published in 1846, this volume also includes an appendix to the 1869 edition, "Twenty-Four Years After," in which Dana returns to California. Indeed, this work is important not only for its treatment of naval life but for its rare depiction of early California, both before and after the Gold Rush.

Two Years Before the Mast

  • Filename: two-years-before-the-mast.
  • ISBN: 0822492350
  • Release Date: 1971
  • Number of pages: 92
  • Author: Richard Henry Dana
  • Publisher: Lake Publishing Company



Describes life at sea in the 1830's in the American Merchant Service.

Two Years Before the Mast

  • Filename: two-years-before-the-mast.
  • ISBN: 9781877527289
  • Release Date: 2009-01-01
  • Number of pages: 689
  • Author: Richard Henry Dana
  • Publisher: The Floating Press



After a bout with the measles that left his vision impaired, Harvard undergrad Richard Henry Dana signed up for a two-year engagement as a sailor, thinking that the fresh sea air might improve his vision. The diary that Dana kept during his stint on the open sea formed the basis for this wildly popular memoir, which was later made into a movie. A must-read for fans of rip-roaring nautical tales or social history buffs.

To Cuba and Back

  • Filename: to-cuba-and-back.
  • ISBN: 9781406857979
  • Release Date: 2010-10
  • Number of pages: 92
  • Author: Richard Henry Dana
  • Publisher:



Richard Henry Dana Jr. (1815 ? 1882) was an American lawyer and politician who gained renown as the author of the American classic, the memoir Two Years Before the Mast. This book documents his visit to Cuba in 1859.

Memoir

  • Filename: memoir.
  • ISBN: 9780199826902
  • Release Date: 2012-01-19
  • Number of pages: 206
  • Author: G. Thomas Couser
  • Publisher: OUP USA



A compact, pithy guide to the most popular form of life-writing, Memoir: An Introduction provides a primer to the ubiquitous literary form and its many subgenres.

San Francisco Memoirs 1835 1851

  • Filename: san-francisco-memoirs-1835-1851.
  • ISBN: 0930235045
  • Release Date: 1994
  • Number of pages: 319
  • Author: Malcolm E. Barker
  • Publisher: Great West Books



In July 1846 San Francisco was a tranquil settlement of about 150 inhabitants. Three years later it was an international metropolis with more than 30,000 people thronging its streets. Recalled in this intriguing collection of personal anecdotes from those tumultuous times are the days when -- San Francisco Bay extended inland to Montgomery Street. -- Bears, wolves, and coyotes roamed the shore. -- The arrival of 238 Mormons more than doubled the town's population.

Jack Tar s Story

  • Filename: jack-tar-s-story.
  • ISBN: 9781139490184
  • Release Date: 2010-08-31
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Myra C. Glenn
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press



Jack Tar's Story examines the autobiographies and memoirs of antebellum American sailors to explore contested meanings of manhood and nationalism in the early republic. It is the first study to use various kinds of institutional sources, including crew lists, ships' logs, impressment records, to document the stories sailors told. It focuses on how mariner authors remembered/interpreted various events and experiences, including the War of 1812, the Haitian Revolution, South America's wars of independence, British impressment, flogging on the high seas, roistering, and religious conversion. This book straddles different fields of scholarship and suggests how their concerns intersect or resonate with each other: the history of print culture, the study of autobiographical writing, and the historiography of seafaring life and of masculinity in antebellum America.

African American Autobiography and the Quest for Freedom

  • Filename: african-american-autobiography-and-the-quest-for-freedom.
  • ISBN: 0313305854
  • Release Date: 2000-01-01
  • Number of pages: 155
  • Author: Roland Leander Williams
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group



Through an analysis of classic slave narratives in comparison with texts such as the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, this study presents a new paradigm for the social character of the African American autobiography. Since the rise of Black Studies in the late 1960s, leading critics have constructed black lives and letters as antitheses to the ways and writings of mainstream culture. That position fosters the notion that black autobiography differs radically from heroic white American tales. But this volume argues that the African American autobiography is a continuation of the epic tradition, and that African Americans have shared and shaped the American experience.

Life Stories A Guide to Reading Interests in Memoirs Autobiographies and Diaries

  • Filename: life-stories-a-guide-to-reading-interests-in-memoirs-autobiographies-and-diaries.
  • ISBN: 9781610691468
  • Release Date: 2011-08-23
  • Number of pages: 723
  • Author: Maureen O'Connor
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO



Memoirs, autobiographies, and diaries represent the most personal and most intimate of genres, as well as one of the most abundant and popular. Gain new understanding and better serve your readers with this detailed genre guide to nearly 700 titles that also includes notes on more than 2,800 read-alike and other related titles. • A list of subjects and suggested "read-alikes" accompany each title • Appendixes cover awards, websites, and resources • Detailed indexes provide further points of access

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