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From the Publisher"A dense, highly intellectual study of American sea writing in the first half of the nineteenth century. . . . Provocative and thoughtful."
—Maryland Historical Magazine
"Essential reading for those interested in the sea and in narrative theory."
— The Journal of American History
"A rich meditation on the literary culture of early national and antebellum sailors and the cultural work their narratives performed."
— New England Quarterly
"Thanks to this fascinating and informative study, it is as difficult to conceive of maritime literature without sailor narratives as it is to remember that the contributions of sailors to literary culture have until this moment gone unrecognized in literary history."
"A much-needed literary and cultural critic's perspective."
— American Historical Review
This is an impressive, substantial, well-written book that engages a wide range of criticism and makes an important contribution to many fields in American studies.
—Shelley S. Streeby, University of California, San Diego