Two Years Before the Mast by Richard H. Dana Jr.

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This book is the account of the author’s life as a common sailor between 1834 and 1836. Dana was a Harvard undergraduate and decided to “go before the mast” and experience life at sea. The book has been described as one of American literature’s classics.

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The author’s plan for his book was to “give an accurate and authentic narrative of a little more than two years spent as a common sailor, before the mast, in the American merchant service. It is written out from a journal which I kept at the time, and from notes which I made of most of the events as they happened; and in it I have adhered closely to fact in every particular, and endeavored to give each thing its true character.”

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Paperback, 9.2 inches × 6.1 inches; 234mm × 156mm; 382 pages

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