Two Years Before the Mast

Two Years Before the Mast : A Personal Narrative. By: Richard Henry Dana Jr. Illustrated By: E. Boyd Smith. (Smith, E. Boyd (Elmer Boyd), 1860-1943): Diary, Novel

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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. A film adaptation under the same name was released in 1946.While an undergraduate at Harvard College, Dana had an attack of the measles which affected his vision. Thinking it might help his sight, Dana 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 recognized American classic, Two Years Before the Mast, published in 1840.... Richard Henry Dana Jr. (August 1, 1815 - January 6, 1882) was an American lawyer and politician from Massachusetts, a descendant of an eminent colonial family, who gained renown as the author of the American classic, the memoir Two Years Before the Mast. Both as a writer and as a lawyer, he was a champion of the downtrodden, from seamen to fugitive slaves and freedmen.... E. Boyd Smith (Smith, E. Boyd (Elmer Boyd), 1860-1943)
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  • Paperback | 266 pages
  • 203 x 254 x 14mm | 535g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1541319583
  • 9781541319585
  • 2,731,675

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