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Two years before the mast: a personal narrative of life at sea, Vol. 2 58 editions

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About the Book

Two Years before the Mast is 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 fields other than literary occupied the greater part of his life. Dana was a well known and respected lawyer, a stalwart abolitionist, and an advocate for the rights of common sailors. He and his wife, Sarah, had many friends among New England's cultural elite, including Henry Wadsworth and Fanny (Appleton) Longfellow and the artist Washington Allston and his wife, Martha Remington (Dana), who was Richard's aunt.

Two Years before the Mast appeared in 1840, while its author was still a law student. Though at the time it created no great stir in the United States, it was most favorably received in England, where it paved the way for many pleasant and valuable acquaintances. The following year, Dana produced The Seaman's Friend, a treatise on practical seamanship. Later, he wrote a a short account of an 1859 trip to Cuba in 1859. He was a copious letter-writer and kept journals of his travels and every day life. Yet, long before his death, he had seen the narrative of his sailor days recognized as an American classic.

Time has not diminished its reputation. We read it today not merely for its simple, unpretentious style, but for its clear picture of a life at sea previous to the era of steam navigation and for its graphic description of conditions in California before visions of gold sent the long lines of "prairie schooners" drifting across the plains to unfold the hidden destiny of the West.

58 editions First published in 1840

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Two Years Before the Mast
2009, The Floating Press
E-book in English
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Two Years Before the Mast
2009, Random House Publishing Group
E-book in English
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Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea
July 9, 2007, BiblioBazaar
Paperback in English
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Two Years Before the Mast
2002, Digital Scanning, Inc.
E-book in English
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Two Years before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea
January 19, 2001, Adamant Media Corporation
Paperback in English
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Two Years before the Mast: A Sailor's Life at Sea
March 29, 2001, Adamant Media Corporation
Paperback in English
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Two years before the mast: a personal narrative of life at sea
1995, Reader's Digest Association
in English
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Two years before the mast
1992, Westvaco
in English
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Two years before the mast
1984, Franklin Library
in English - A limited ed.
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1980, Mayflower Books, Macmillan
in English
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Two years before the mast
1977, Franklin Library
in English
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Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea (Everyman Paperbacks)
February 4, 1972, Dutton Adult
Hardcover - New Impression edition
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Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea (Everyman's Library)
April 15, 1969, Dutton Adult
Hardcover in English - New Impression edition
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Two years before the mast: a personal narrative of life at sea
1964, Ward Ritchie Press [distributed exclusively by Lane Book Co., Menlo Park, Calif.]
in English
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1954, Blackie
in English - [Abridged ed.]
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Two years before the mast
1954, Globe Book Co.
in English
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1949, The Literary Guild of America
in English
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1948, Dodd, Mead
in English
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1946, The World publishing company
in English
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Dos años al pie del mástil
1944, Espasa-Calpe Argentina
in Spanish
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1941, Heritage press
in English
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1936, Modern Library
in English
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1927, J.H. Sears & company, inc.
in English
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1926, Macmillan
in English
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Two years before the mast: a personal narrative
1911, Houghton Mifflin
in English
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Two years before the mast, Vol. 1: A personal narrative
1911, Houghton Mifflin Co.
- [Large paper ed.]
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Two years before the mast: a personal narrative
1911, Houghton Mifflin company
in English
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1899, D. Appleton and Co.
Hardback in English - [Aldine ed.]
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1895, Henry Altemus
in English
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Two years before the mast.: A personal narrative
1869, Fields, Osgood & co.
in English - New ed., with subsequent matter by the author ...
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Two years before the mast: a personal narrative
1869, Houghton, Mifflin and Co.
Microform in English - New ed. / with subsequent matter by the author.
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Publish date unknown, Nelson
in English

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