The Story of the Voyage: Sea-Narratives in Eighteenth-Century England by Philip EdwardsThe Story of the Voyage: Sea-Narratives in Eighteenth-Century England by Philip Edwards

The Story of the Voyage: Sea-Narratives in Eighteenth-Century England

byPhilip EdwardsEditorHoward Erskine-hill

Paperback | May 20, 2004

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This is the first full study of one of the most popular and extensive forms of eighteenth-century literature, the voyage narrative. It illustrates the wide variety of published and unpublished material in this field, from self-satisfied official accounts to the little-known narratives of victims of the press-gang. It includes a survey of writings about the Pacific - including Cook's voyages and Bligh and The Bounty; there is a major new study of William Dampier, studies of writings about the slave-trade, and accounts of seamen and passengers, including Fielding and Mary Wollstonecraft. This is a book about writing, rather than exploration and adventure, dealing with the devious routes from the actuality of experience to the production of self-serving narratives. These are narratives of energy, vitality and interest, set within the context of British competitive sea-going imperialism.
Title:The Story of the Voyage: Sea-Narratives in Eighteenth-Century EnglandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:268 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:May 20, 2004Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521604265

ISBN - 13:9780521604260

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction; Part I: 2. William Dampier; Part II: 3. A disconsolate black albatross; 4. The wreck of the Wager; 5. Dr Hawkesworth at sea; 6. Cook and the Forsters; 7. The silence of Fletcher Christian; Part III: 8. The slave-trade; 9. Passengers; 10. Autobiographies; 11. The unfortunates; 12. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Edwards comments are enlightening and discerning, and the extent of the research its preparation must have involved is evident. One gathers that he may well have examined personally a majority of the two-thousand travel-narratives that he estimates were published in the century." W. Kaye Lamb, B.C. Historical News