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The sea has served as a source of inspiration for writers throughout the ages. Now, in The Oxford Book of the Sea, bestselling author Jonathan Raban has compiled a remarkable anthology of our changing visions of the sea, a rich treasury of writings as varied and enthralling as the ocean itself. Arranged chronologically, and spanning everything from Anglo-Saxon poetry to modern oceanography, these excerpts capture the work of poets, novelists, scientists, and explorers. We read pieces from Samuel Eliot Morison, ...
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The sea has served as a source of inspiration for writers throughout the ages. Now, in The Oxford Book of the Sea, bestselling author Jonathan Raban has compiled a remarkable anthology of our changing visions of the sea, a rich treasury of writings as varied and enthralling as the ocean itself. Arranged chronologically, and spanning everything from Anglo-Saxon poetry to modern oceanography, these excerpts capture the work of poets, novelists, scientists, and explorers. We read pieces from Samuel Eliot Morison, James Boswell, Charles Dickens, Rachel Carson, Charles Darwin, and John Barth, among many others. And for those who love great writing, Raban not only includes passages from the great sea classics--such as Moby Dick, and The Old Man and the Sea--but also lesser known gems by such writers as Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, E.B. White, and Emily Dickinson. For everyone interested in the sea, and those drawn to fine writing, The Oxford Book of the Sea is a bountiful, alluring, and essential collection.

Inveterate sailor and bestselling author of Hunting Mister Heartbreak Jonathan Raban has compiled a remarkable anthology of our changing visions of the sea--a rich treasury of writings as varied and enthralling as the ocean itself. Arranged chronologically and spanning everything from Anglo-Saxon poetry to modern oceanography.

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Review from previous edition "this splendid anthology...so rich a mix...There is something here for everyone and that is as it should be." Barry Unsworth, Sunday Telegraph

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192801944
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/21/2002
  • Series: Oxford Books of Prose Series
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Raban

Jonathan Raban was born in 1942, educated at Hull University, and was for a time a lecturer at UCW Aberystwyth and the University of East Anglia before becoming a full-time writer in 1969.

His books include 'Soft City' (1973), 'Arabia Through the Looking Glass' (1979), 'Old Glory' (1981, Heinemann Award, RSL Thomas Cook Award), 'Foreign Land' (1985), 'Coasting' (1986), 'For Love and Money' (1987), and 'Hunting Mister Heartbreak' (1990, Thomas Cook Award).

He has sailed alone round Britain and has spent much time afloat on the coastal seas of Europe. He is now living in Seattle, where he sails a Swedish ketch on the rim of the North Pacific.

Biography

Jonathan Raban is the author of the novels Surveillance and Waxwings; his nonfiction includes Passage to Juneau and Bad Land. He is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Heinemann Award of the Royal Society of Literature, the PEN/West Creative Nonfiction Award, and the Governor's Award of the State of Washington.

He was born in England and has lived in Seattle, Washington, since 1990.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Hometown:
      Seattle, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 14, 1942
    2. Place of Birth:
      Norfolk, England

Table of Contents

Note on the selection xvii
Introduction 1
35
from 'The Seafarer'
Parallel translation by Kevin Crossley-Holland
39
from The Faerie Queene
46
Edward Hay's account of Sir Humphrey Gilbert's voyage to Newfoundland from Principall Navigations, Voiages, and Discoveries of the English Nation
55
from Psalm 107
56
from Homer's Odysseys
61
from Hakluytus Posthumus, or Purchas His Pilgrimes
71
'The Storme'
'The Calme'
75
from 'Lycidas'
from The Book of Common Prayer 75
76
from Annus Mirabilis
78
'The Sea-goddess'
79
'The Tempest'
80
from The Spectator
84
from Robinson Crusoe
from A Tour through the Whole Island of Great Britain
92
from Journal of a Voyage
108
from The Seasons
109
from A Voyage Around the World
113
from A Voyage to Lisbon
117
'Ode on a Storm'
119
from The Shipwreck
from An Universal Dictionary of the Marine
131
from Travels through France and Italy
from The Expedition of Humphry Clinker
136
from Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides
140
from The Mysteries of Udolpho
145
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
from Biographia Literaria
165
'The Castaway'
168
'Foam's Frail Power'
169
from 'Lines Written among the Eugenian Hills'
from letter to Thomas Love Peacock
from Alastor
from letter to Captain Daniel Roberts
from letter to John Gisborne
174
from Sanditon
175
Verse letter to Francis Hodgson
Letter to his mother
from Childe Harold's Pilgrimage
from Don Juan
183
'The Sea'
184
from 'The Old Margate Hoy'
187
from The Pilot
195
from The Voyage of the Beagle
197
The Beaufort Scale (c.1830)
200
from Two Years Before the Mast
207
from American Notes
from David Copperfield
219
from Life in Mexico
227
'A Descent into the Maelstrom'
242
from Journal
from Moby Dick
'Far Off-Shore'
252
from Villette
254
from Song of Myself
'In Cabin'd Ships at Sea'
'Patroling Barnegat'
'After the Sea-Ship'
256
'Exultation is the going'
257
from The West Indies and the Spanish Main
260
'The Voyage'
'The Sailor Boy'
'Crossing the Bar'
265
from 'The Representation of Water'
267
from Cape Cod
271
from English Traits
273
'The Return'
275
'Dover Beach'
276
from The Voyage Alone in the Yawl 'Rob Roy'
282
from Journal
284
from 'The English Admirals'
285
'The Sea and the Hills'
from 'A Matter of Fact'
293
from The Nigger of the 'Narcissus'
from Heart of Darkness
from Youth
from The Mirror of the Sea
307
from 'The Open Boat'
314
from Idylls of the Sea
318
from Sailing Alone Around the World
326
'Sea-Fever'
'Cardigan Bay'
'Sea Superstition'
331
from The Riddle of the Sands
338
from Father and Son
340
from 'The Seafarer'
343
from The Sea and the Jungle
348
'Sea Lullaby'
349
from The Worst Journey in the World
360
from Jacob's Room
365
from Ulysses
366
from The Cruise of the 'Nona'
369
from The Arcturus Adventure
378
from Across Three Oceans
382
from The Outermost House
389
from N by E
396
from Way for a Sailor!
399
'A Grave'
400
from North-West by North
402
'Neither Out Far Nor In Deep'
403
from In Hazard
408
from 'The Dry Salvages'
409
from Shackleton's Boat Journey
418
'The Quaker Graveyard in Nantucket'
422
'Seascape'
423
from Logbook for Grace
427
from The Enchafed Flood
428
from The Sea Around Us
435
from The Old Man and the Sea
441
'Night Patrol'
443
from 'The Circulation of the Oceans'
447
from Pincher Martin
453
'The Atlantic'
'On Water'
455
'Sea Calm'
455
from Once is Enough
461
'Midnight, Lochinver'
462
from The Crest of the Wave: Adventures in Oceanography
from Waves and Beaches: The Dynamics of the Ocean Surface
472
from Spring Tides
475
from Mostly Mischief
482
'Freak Waves', an appendix to J. Adlard Coles: Heavy Weather Sailing
487
'From the Wave'
488
from We, the Navigators
493
'To the Sea'
494
from Shipwreck
496
'The Sea and the Wind that Blows'
499
'North Sea off Carnoustie'
500
'The Sea is History'
503
from Sabbatical
508
'The Waves'
509
'Sea Knell'
'Bath after Sailing'
from Rabbit at Rest
Acknowledgements 519
Index 523
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