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Tales of the Chesapeake   By: (1841-1914)

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Tales of the Chesapeake by George Alfred Townsend is a captivating collection of stories that truly bring the Chesapeake Bay and its surrounding communities to life. The book cleverly combines historical accounts with fictional tales, providing a rich and immersive reading experience.

From the very first story, Townsend’s vivid descriptions and attention to detail immediately transport the reader to the charming towns and bustling ports along the Chesapeake Bay. With each turn of the page, the author paints a vivid picture of the region's natural beauty, its vibrant wildlife, and the idyllic way of life that its residents relish.

One of the book's greatest strengths lies in Townsend's ability to seamlessly blend history and fiction. As a seasoned journalist, Townsend's extensive research shines through in his portrayal of the various events and characters that populate these tales. From pirates and smugglers to fishermen and oystermen, Tales of the Chesapeake expertly weaves together real-life figures with fictional narratives, allowing readers to get a sense of the region's rich history while immersing themselves in exciting adventures.

The variety of stories within the book is also commendable. Each tale offers a unique perspective on life along the Chesapeake Bay, exploring different aspects of the region's culture, folklore, and maritime history. Some stories focus on the struggle for survival in harsh conditions, while others delve into the complexities of human relationships and the pursuit of dreams. This diversity keeps the reader engaged and ensures there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Moreover, Townsend's prose is both eloquent and accessible, making Tales of the Chesapeake a pleasure to read. Whether describing the breathtaking scenery or capturing the emotions of his characters, the author's writing style is evocative, drawing the reader into the heart of each story.

While Tales of the Chesapeake is undoubtedly a fantastic read, it is worth noting that some stories may require a basic understanding of the region's history to fully appreciate their context. However, this should not deter readers, as Townsend provides enough background information throughout the book to help them navigate these historical events with ease.

In conclusion, Tales of the Chesapeake is a must-read for anyone interested in the Chesapeake Bay region, its history, and its fascinating characters. Through a mix of carefully researched historical accounts and engaging fictional stories, George Alfred Townsend creates a literary experience that beautifully captures the essence of this unique place. Whether you're a lover of history, adventure, or simply yearn for a well-crafted and immersive reading experience, this book is sure to satisfy your cravings.

First Page:

TALES OF THE CHESAPEAKE

by

GEO. ALFRED TOWNSEND

"GATH."

A fruity smell is in the school house lane; The clover bees are sick with evening heats; A few old houses from the window pane Fling back the flame of sunset, and there beats The throb of oars from basking oyster fleets, And clangorous music of the oyster tongs Plunged down in deep bivalvulous retreats, And sound of seine drawn home with negro songs.

New York: American News Company, 39 and 41 Chambers Street. 1880. Copyright, 1880, Geo. Alfred Townsend.

TO MY FATHER,

REV. STEPHEN TOWNSEND, M.D., PH.D.,

WHOSE ANCESTORS EXPLORED THE CHESAPEAKE BAY IN 1623, AND WERE SETTLED ON THE POCOMOKE RIVER ALMOST TWO HUNDRED YEARS, NEAR HIS BIRTHPLACE;

WITH

THE AFFECTION OF

HIS ONLY SURVIVING SON.

Of the following pieces, two, "Kidnapped," and "Dominion over the Fish," have been published in Chambers's Journal , London. The poem "Herman of Bohemia Manor" is new. All the compositions illustrate the same general locality.

INTRODUCTION.

MOTHERNOOK.

THE EASTERN SHORE OF MARYLAND.

One day, worn out with head and pen, And the debate of public men, I said aloud, "Oh! if there were Some place to make me young awhile, I would go there, I would go there, And if it were a many a mile!" Then something cried perhaps my map, That not in vain I oft invoke "Go seek again your mother's lap, The dear old soil that gave you sap, And see the land of Pocomoke!"

A sense of shame that never yet My foot on that old shore was set, Though prodigal in wandering, Arose; and with a tingled cheek, Like some late wild duck on the wing, I started down the Chesapeake... Continue reading book >>




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