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Two years before the mast : and twenty-four years after

Author: Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
Publisher: New York : P.F. Collier & Son Corporation, [1937] ©1937
Series: Harvard classics, v. 23.
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Dana, Richard Henry, 1815-1882.
Two years before the mast.
New York : Collier, ©1937
Named Person: Richard Henry Dana, Jr.; Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
OCLC Number: 2170042
Notes: "The five-foot shelf of books."
Description: 405 pages : plate (portrait) ; 21 cm.
Contents: Suffering from persistent weakness in his eyes, Dana left Harvard at age 19 and sailed from Boston in 1834 as a common seaman. Two Years Before the Mast (1840) is the account of his voyages around Cape Horn and time ashore in California in the decade before the Gold Rush. Dana's narrative vividly portrays the daily routines and hardships of life at sea, the capriciousness and brutality of merchant ship captains and officers, and the beauty and danger of the southern oceans in winter. Included in an appendix is "Twenty-Four Years After" (1869), in which Dana describes his return to California in 1859-1860 and the immense changes brought about by American annexation, the frenzy of the Gold Rush, and the growing commerce of "a new world, the awakened Pacific.
Series Title: Harvard classics, v. 23.
Other Titles: Twenty-four years after
Responsibility: by R.H. Dana, Jr. ; with introduction and notes.


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