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Salt from the Ocean of English Prose


  • Date Published: March 2013
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107651586

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  • Sir Geoffrey Callender (1875–1946) was a British naval historian who was the first director of the National Maritime Museum. In this collection, which was first published in 1915, Callender presents a series of pieces written by various 'masters of English prose' relating to maritime themes. The pieces are presented, as far as knowledge permits, in the order of their composition or publication, beginning with John Wycliffe's 'The story of Jonah' and finishing with James Anthony Froude's 'Drake'. Detailed notes are contained throughout the text, providing linguistic clarification and contextual information where necessary. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in English prose writing and writing about the sea.

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    • Date Published: March 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107651586
    • length: 434 pages
    • dimensions: 203 x 127 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface: John Wycliffe: The story of Jonah
    Geoffrey Chaucer: The astrolabe
    Sir Thomas Malory: King Arthur's dream
    The passing of Arthur
    Cardinal Wolsey: A letter to the Bishop of Worcester
    The Book of Common Prayer: God's mercy to mariners
    A prayer
    Sir Thomas More and Ralph Robinson: Hythloday home from Utopia
    John Lyly: Boxing the compass
    Richard Hakluyt: Preface to the Principal Navigations
    The corposant
    Martin Frobisher's second voyage
    Valiant enterprise of the tall ship Primrose
    A water famine
    'Vixere fortes ante Agamemnona'
    The taking of the Madre de Dios
    Sir Walter Raleigh: The last fight of the Revenge
    Francis Bacon: The influence of sea power
    A paradox
    Lord Herbert of Cherbury: The channel passage in 1609
    William Shakespeare: The Tempest
    Authorized Version of the Bible: Man's insignificance
    The shipwreck of St Paul
    Samuel Purchas: The services of the sea
    Sir Thomas Overbury: Character of the sailor
    Sir William Monson: The choice of captains
    Captain John Smith: The pathway to experience
    Thomas Fuller: The good sea captain
    Samuel Pepys: The restoration of Charles II
    John Evelyn: The galleys!
    The death of Lord Sandwich
    Samuel Pepys
    Lord Clarendon: Scenes from the great civil war
    William Wycherley: The man of action
    William Congreve: An ill-sorted couple
    Charles Shadwell: Brutal and finical
    Joseph Addison: Of monuments and in particular of Sir Clowdisley Shovel's
    The mirror of the infinite
    Sir Richard Steele: Inkle and Yarico
    Alexander Selkirk
    Daniel Defoe: Crusoe carries his salvage ashore on a raft
    Crusoe builds a boat
    Crusoe visits a wreck
    Fighting under the Jolly Roger
    Jonathon Swift: Gulliver captures the Blefuscudian navy
    A great gale described
    Gulliver's boat at Brobdingnag
    Tobias Smollett: Roderick Random is seized by the press-gang
    The surgeon's mates of the Thunder, off duty and on
    Brutality of Captain Oakum
    The cockpit in time of battle
    A yarn from Commodore Trunnion
    Commodore Trunnion's wedding-day
    The death of Commodore Trunnion
    Henry Fielding: Leaves from the Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon
    James Macpherson: A song of Ossian
    Laurence Sterne: Mal de mer
    Oliver Goldsmith: Officers of 'The Fleet'
    Edmund Burke: New England fishers
    Horace Walpole: The crisis
    Edward Gibbon: The navy of Byzantium
    Greek or maritime fire
    Over land
    Robert Southey: The death of Nelson
    Sir Walter Scott: Dirk Hatteraick, - smuggler
    Cast up by the sea
    The making of a pirate
    Charles Lamb: The old Margate Hoy
    Washington Irving: The discovery of America
    Captain Marryat: A flogging round the fleet
    Captain Capperbar
    The hardships of impressment
    Weathering the Cape
    and a chat with the bo's'n
    Passing for Lieutenant
    Equality, and the rights of man
    Michael Scott: A sea-piece. Blue and gold
    A nocturne. Silver and black
    Commodore Sir Oliver Oakplank and Lieutenant David Sprawl
    Thomas Carlyle: Naval occasions
    The Vengeur at death grips
    Sound and smoke at Santa Cruz
    Edgar Allan Poe: A sail! A sail!
    Leigh Hunt: Seamen on shore
    Richard Henry Dana: 'Man overboard!'
    A savage and merciless tyrant
    The sailorman and his memory
    George Borrow: In the bay of Biscay
    Alexander William Kinglake: Constantinople
    William H. Prescott: Pioneers in the Pacific
    Lord Macaulay: State of the navy under Charles II
    Charles Dickens: The Pegottys at home
    Storm and shipwreck
    John Ruskin: A pair of seascapes
    Nathaniel Hawthorne: How Jason built the Argo and set sail for Colchis
    Walter Savage Landor: An imaginary conversation
    John Lothrop Motley: How they brought the sea to Leyden
    Charles Kingsley: Last of the Madre Dolorosa
    'Vengeance is mine' saith the Lord
    Thomas de Quincey: The Spanish military nun
    Ralph Waldo Emerson: The voyage to England
    William Makepeace Thackeray: The fighting Téméraire
    James Russell Lowell: Mr X, Chief Mate
    James Anth

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