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Two Years Before the Mast

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A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea


Richard Henry Dana, Jr.

With an introduction and notes by

Homer Eaton Keyes, B.L.

Assistant Professor of Art in Dartmouth College

Crowded in the rank and narrow ship, Housed on the wild sea with wild usages, Whate'er in the inland dales the land conceals Of fair and exquisite, O! nothing, nothing, Do we behold of that in our rude voyage. Coleridge's Wallenstein.


Introduction Biographical Note California and her Missions Bibliographical References Diagram of Ships Explanation of Diagram

Two Years Before the Mast Twenty Four Years After


Biographical Note

Two years before the mast were but an episode in the life of Richard Henry Dana, Jr.; yet the narrative in which he details the experiences of that period is, perhaps, his chief claim to a wide remembrance. His services in other than literary fields occupied the greater part of his life, but they brought him comparatively small recognition and many disappointments... Continue reading book >>

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