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The Voyages of Joshua Slocum

The Voyages of Joshua Slocum

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The Voyages of Joshua Slocum

The Voyages of Joshua Slocum

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Product Overview

Product No:
17448
Author:
Walter Magnes Teller
Publisher:
Sheridan House
ISBN:
9780911378559
Edition Date:
January 1995
Pages:
406
Size:
163 x 231 x 36 mm
Weight:
681 g
Format:
Hardcover
Sales Rank:
30045 (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

When Joshua Slocum brought the 37-foot Spray into harbor at Newport, R.I., on the morning of June 27, 1898, he completed an unprecedented feat of seamanship: for the first time in history, a man had sailed alone around the world. Eleven years later, Slocum once again set out alone, bound for the Orinoco River. He and the Spray were never seen again, and no clue to his fate was ever found.

In the 100 years since Slocum started his successful circumnavigation, his account of the voyage, Sailing Alone Around the World (included herein), has become a classic, but only a few readers know of Slocum's other books, The Voyage of the Liberade and The Voyage of the Destroyer from New York to Brazil. (Of the latter, only three copies are known to exist.) With this magnificent volume, Walter Magnes Teller - Slocum's biographer - rescues those two neglected sagas from oblivion, along with the previously undiscovered Aquidneck correspondence, a treasure trove of revealing letters.

Teller augments the Slocum material with a biographical introduction and separate forewords for each of the individual works, offering interpretations and insights which brilliantly enhance the actual text. Additionally, a new preface brings the history of Slocum scholarship up to date.

'It is time for Slocum's work to be acknowledged at its true literary value. To this end, Mr. Teller has made a permanent and major contribution.'
- New York Times

'A book…which takes on stature simply because what the man did and what was in his mind when he did it tie in with the basic American adventure.'
- American Heritage

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