Two Years before the Mast

Richard Henry Dana Jr.

Bernard Mayes (Narrator)

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16hrs 31min

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10-01-95

16hrs 31min

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Unabridged

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Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography

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“Possesses…the romantic charm of Robinson Crusoe.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Richard Henry Dana referred to this book as "a voice from the sea." Influencing such authors as Conrad and Melville, it has become a maritime classic that has inflicted legions of men with a passion for the sea.

Dana, a law student turned sailor for health reasons, sailed in 1834 on the brigPilgrimfor a voyage from Boston around Cape Horn to California. Dana Point was named as a result of this journey. Drawing from his journals,Two Years before the Mastgives a vivid and detailed account, shrewdly observed and beautifully described, of a common sailor's wretched treatment at sea, and of a way of life virtually unknown at that time.

This is a breathtaking true storyof adventure on the high seas.

Praise

“Possesses…the romantic charm of Robinson Crusoe.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Dana’s small book is a very great book.” D. H. Lawrence

“Almost two centuries later, we are all made richer by Dana’s classic memoir, Two Years Before the Mast, which is among the finest books ever written about the immensely popular subject of adventure at sea, and is as relevant and readable today as it was then.” Wall Street Journal

“[Dana’s] book about his time at sea is an American classic, vivid in its description of the sailor’s life and all its dangers and delights.” National Geographic Adventure Magazine, online exclusive

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Language English
Release Day Sep 30, 1995
Release Date October 1, 1995
Release Date Machine 812505600
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Biographies & Memoirs, History, Americas, Sports & Outdoors, Adventurers, Explorers & Survival, Travel & Tourism, Travel Writing & Commentary, Water Sports, Historical
Author Bio
Richard Henry Dana Jr.

Richard Henry Dana Jr. (1815–1882) was an American lawyer and politician from Massachusetts. A descendant of an eminent colonial family, Dana gained renown as the author of Two Years before the Mast, a memoir which became an American classic. Both as a writer and a lawyer, Dana was a champion of the downtrodden, from seamen to fugitive slaves.

Narrator Bio
Bernard Mayes

Bernard Mayes is a teacher, administrator, corporate executive, broadcaster, actor, dramatist, and former international commentator on US culture. He is best known for his readings of historical classics.

Overview

Richard Henry Dana referred to this book as "a voice from the sea." Influencing such authors as Conrad and Melville, it has become a maritime classic that has inflicted legions of men with a passion for the sea.

Dana, a law student turned sailor for health reasons, sailed in 1834 on the brigPilgrimfor a voyage from Boston around Cape Horn to California. Dana Point was named as a result of this journey. Drawing from his journals,Two Years before the Mastgives a vivid and detailed account, shrewdly observed and beautifully described, of a common sailor's wretched treatment at sea, and of a way of life virtually unknown at that time.

This is a breathtaking true storyof adventure on the high seas.

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