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Synopsis: Drawing on literary masterworks and riveting firsthand narratives, travel writing and natural science, memoir and journalism, AMERICAN SEA WRITING captures the full sweep of America's maritime experience. From voyagers of the 17th century to ecological dilemmas of the 20th, from Cotton Mather and Washington Irving to Peter Matthiessen and Barry Lopez, the collection casts our national story in a new and revealing light. Here are many of our greatest writers: Cooper inventing the sea novel, Emerson on an Atlantic crossing; Poe recasting the Flying Dutchman legend; Whitman, Melville, Stephen Crane, Jack London, Eugene O'Neill, Langston Hughes, Ernest Hemingway all mining their sea experiences in vivid writing. Here too are eyewitness accounts of the dangers and wonders of the ocean and the drama of life aboard ship: William Bradford on the MAYFLOWER; Olaudah Equiano on a slave ship; Captain Cook's death on a Hawaiian beach; Lewis and Clark sighting the Pacific; the w! reck of the ESSEX and the GLOBE mutiny; Perry's voyage to Japan; the navy from colonial times to World War II; Joshua Slocum's solo voyage; William Beebe's deep-sea descent; John McPhee on the continuing vulnerability of ships today. Throughout, the collection uncovers neglected works of remarkable power: Celia Thaxter on the desolate beauty of the New England seacoast; Lafcadio Hearn's lush Gulf Coast seascapes; Henry Beston's meditation on waves; Rachel Carson exploring the interaction of sea and land; Joseph Mitchell's startling essay on what lies beneath New York harbor. AMERICAN SEA WRITING is a unique literary voyage in the company of some of our greatest writers. About the Author Peter Neill, editor, is president of the South Street Seaport Museum and of the International Congress of Maritime Museums.

About the Author: 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.

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