Two Years Before the Mast

Two Years Before the Mast : A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea


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"Two Years Before the Mast" is a book by the American author Richard Henry Dana, Jr., written after a two-year sea voyage starting in 1834 and published in 1840. While at Harvard College, Dana had an attack of the measles that affected his vision. Thinking it might help his sight, Dana, rather than going on a Grand Tour as most of his fellow classmates traditionally did (and unable to afford it anyway), and being something of a nonconformist, left Harvard to enlist as a common sailor on a voyage around Cape Horn on the brig "Pilgrim." He returned to Massachusetts two years later aboard the "Alert" (which left California sooner than the "Pilgrim"). He kept a diary throughout the voyage, and, after returning, he wrote a book based on his experiences. Recognized as an American classic, "Two Years Before the Mast" was published the same year that Dana was admitted to the bar.

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  • CD-Audio
  • 175.26 x 177.8 x 45.72mm | 430.91g
  • 31 Dec 2010
  • Tantor Media, Inc
  • Old Saybrook, CT
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged library ed
  • 1452630313
  • 9781452630311

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Richard Henry Dana, Jr. (1815-1882) was an American lawyer and politician who gained renown as the author of the American classic "Two Years Before the Mast," a memoir of his time spent at sea as a merchant seaman. Kirby Heyborne, an accomplished actor, musician, and comedian, has received a number of "AudioFile" Earphones Awards and has narrated such titles as "Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist" by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, "Black Swan Green" by David Mitchell, and "The Genius" by Jesse Kellerman.

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"Heyborne's portrayal is spot-on." ---AudioFile

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