Sea Fever: The True Adventures that Inspired our Greatest Maritime Authors, from Conrad to Masefield, Melville and Hemingway

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How did a big-game fishing trip rudely interrupted by sharks inspire one of the key scenes in Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea? How did Robert Louis Stevenson's cruise to the cannibal-infested South Sea islands prove instrumental in his writing of The Beach of Falesa and The Ebb Tide? How did Masefield survive Cape Horn and a near-nervous breakdown to write Sea Fever?The waters of this world have swirled through storytelling ever since the Celts spun the tale of Beowulf and Homer narrated The Odyssey. This enthralling book takes us on a tour of the most dangerous, exciting and often eccentric escapades of literature's sailing stars, and how these true stories inspired and informed their best-loved works. Arthur Ransome, Erskine Childers, Jack London and many others are featured as we find out how extraordinary fact fed into unforgettable fiction.
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ISBN-13: 9781472908841
ISBN-10: 1472908848
Pagini: 336
Ilustrații: Picture section
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 25 mm
Greutate: 0.26 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Adlard Coles
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


Ideal for the discerning armchair sailor, adventurer, lover of English literature and even historian

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Sam Jefferson is a journalist and maritime historian, and is one of the leading authorities on the clipper ship era. He is a former Deputy Editor of Sailing Today, and writes regularly for Classic Boat, Sailing Today and Traditional Boats and Tall Ships. He is the author of Clipper Ships and the Golden Age of Sail, published by Adlard Coles Nautical.


Jefferson is an entertaining storyteller in his own right, which directs the book's scope towards a continuation of the tradition of 'spinning yarns' that he admires in his subjects.
Direct and punchy prose cuts to the heart of each subject and opens a window into the reality behind these famous works of fiction.
The true adventures of some of these writers were often more exciting than the fiction.