The publisher reached way back into the archives of American literature for this collection, beginning with William Strachey's 1609 account of being blown off course on the way to the Jamestown, VA, settlement and shipwrecked in Bermuda. This amalgam of fiction and nonfiction includes short stories and excerpts from novels, dramas, diaries, and journals from such authors as Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Herman Melville, Stephen Crane, Jack London, Eugene O'Neill, Ernest Hemingway, Rachel Carson, and Peter Matthiessen, among others. In a word: outstanding. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Excerpts of novels, firsthand narratives, travel writing, natural science, memoir, journalism, and poetry are among the genres Neill has assembled to represent US maritime literature from the 17th century to the ecological dilemmas of the 20th. The nearly 70 authors include some of the best known. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
William F. Buckley Jr.
The main reason to read this book is the sheer fun of it..... . . Plenty here to fill one's complement of sea-reading . . .
—New York Times Book Review
Nathaniel Philbrick, is a leading authority on the history of Nantucket Island. His In the Heart of the Sea won the National Book Award. His latest book is Sea of Glory, about the epic U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838–1842. His other books include Away off Shore: Nantucket Island and Its People, 1602-1890 (which Russell Baker called "indispensable") and Abram's Eyes: The Native American Legend of Nantucket Island ("a classic of historical truthtelling," according to Stuart Frank, director of the Kendall Whaling Museum). He has written an introduction to a new edition of Joseph Hart's Miriam Coffin, or The Whale Fisherman, a Nantucket novel (first published in 1834) that Melville relied upon for information about the island when writing Moby Dick.
Philbrick, a champion sailboat racer, has also written extensively about sailing, including The Passionate Sailor (1987) and the forthcoming Second Wind: A Sunfish Sailor's Odyssey. He was editor in chief of the classic Yaahting: A Parody (1984).
In his role as director of the Egan Institute of Maritime Studies, Philbrick, who is also a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association, gives frequent talks about Nantucket and sailing. He has appeared on "NBC Today Weekend", A&E's "Biography" series, and National Public Radio and has served as a consultant for the movie "Moby Dick", shown on the USA Network. He received a bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a Master of Arts in American Literature from Duke. He lives on Natucket with his wife and two children.