The Oxford Book of Sea Stories

The Oxford Book of Sea Stories

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Many great writers have written about life at sea and the adventures befalling sailors. In this selection of short stories, the editor's aim has been to avoid the obvious and where possible to seek out more neglected works. The authors covered range from Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen Crane, Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner and Herman Melville to Joseph Conrad, Rudyard Kipling, H.G. Wells and Peter Ustinov. In his introduction, Tony Tanner seeks to explore and establish the particular qualities that emerge when writing takes to the waters.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 428 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 30mm | 322.05g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192824155
  • 9780192824158

About Tony Tanner

About the Editor: Tony Tanner is Professor of English and American literature at Cambridge University. His books include The Reign of Wonder and Scenes of Nature, Signs of Men, and he edited Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, The Confidence-Man, and White-Jacket for the World's Classics series.show more

Table of contents

1: Joseph Conrad: Initiation. 2: Washington Irving: The Voyage. 3: Edgar Allan Poe: A Descent into the Maelstrom. 4: Tom Hopkinson: I Have Been Drowned. 5: J. N. Reynolds: Mocha Dick. 6: Herman Melville: The Chase. 7: Henry James: A Tragedy of Error. 8: Francis Bret Harte: High-Water Mark. 9: Stephen Crane: The Open Boat. 10: Jack London: Make Westing. 11: Rudyard Kipling: A Matter of Fact. 12: H. G. Wells: In the Abyss. 13: A. E. W. Mason: The Cruise of the Willing Mind. 14: Charles G. D. Roberts: The Terror of the Sea Caves. 15: W. W. Jacobs: False Colours. 16: Joseph Conrad: The Secret Sharer. 17: Richard Middleton: The Ghost Ship. 18: John Masefield: Ambitious Jimmy Hicks. 19: C. S. Forester: The Boy Stood on the Burning Deck. 20: A. E. Dingle: Poor Old man!. 21: Shalimar: Easting Down. 22: E. M. Forster: The Story of the Siren. 23: F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Rough Crossing. 24: Earnest Hemingway: After the Storm. 25: Malcolm Lowry: The Bravest Boat. 26: William Falkner: Turnabout. 27: Peter Ustinov: The Frontiers of the Seashow more

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"Striking, and significant."--Studies in Short Fiction"A most entertaining collection....Tony Tanner....has selected an enjoyable and nostalgic assortment of tales. He offers us a refreshing collection of authors....Tony Tanner has used the medium brilliantly. He has managed to tap a wide variety of resources in order to bring us the best in this kind of maritime writing."--Sir Edward Heath, Daily Mailshow more

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