The True Adventures That Inspired Our Greatest Maritime Authors, From Conrad to Masefield, Melville and HemingwayBook - 2015
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.
Publisher: London : Adlard Coles Nautical, an imprint of Bloomsbury, 2015
Branch Call Number: 809.933216 JEF
Characteristics: 330 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm