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TALES OF THE SEA - Premium Collection: 12 Maritime Adventure Novels in One Volume (Illustrated) Including the Biography of the Author and His Personal Experiences as a Seaman von Cooper, James Fenimore (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 05.07.2016
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TALES OF THE SEA - Premium Collection: 12 Maritime Adventure Novels in One Volume (Illustrated)

This carefully crafted ebook: 'TALES OF THE SEA - Premium Collection: 12 Maritime Adventure Novels in One Volume (Illustrated)' is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents: Novels: The Pilot: A Tale of the Sea The Red Rover: A Tale The Water-Witch: The Skimmer of the Seas Homeward Bound: The Chase (A Tale of the Sea) Home as Found: Sequel to Homeward Bound Mercedes of Castile: The Voyage to Cathay The Two Admirals The Wing-and-Wing: Le Feu-Follet (Jack o Lantern) Afloat and Ashore: A Sea Tale Miles Wallingford: Sequel to Afloat and Ashore Jack Tier: The Florida Reefs The Sea Lions: The Lost Sealers Biography: Ned Myers: A Life before the Mast James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) was a prolific and popular American writer of the early 19th century. His historical romances of frontier and Indian life in the early American days created a unique form of American literature. Before embarking on his career as a writer, Cooper served in the U.S. Navy as a Midshipman, which greatly influenced many of his novels and other writings. The novel that launched his career was The Spy, a tale about counterespionage set during the Revolutionary War. He also wrote numerous sea stories, and his best-known works are five historical novels of the frontier period known as the Leatherstocking Tales. Among his most famous works is the Romantic novel The Last of the Mohicans, often regarded as his masterpiece.

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    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: watermark
    Seitenzahl: 5079
    Erscheinungsdatum: 05.07.2016
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9788026866664
    Verlag: e-artnow
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TALES OF THE SEA - Premium Collection: 12 Maritime Adventure Novels in One Volume (Illustrated)

Preface

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It is probable a true history of human events would show that a far larger proportion of our acts are the results of sudden impulses and accident, than of that reason of which we so much boast. However true, or false, this opinion may be in more important matters, it is certainly and strictly correct as relates to the conception and execution of this book.

The Pilot was published in 1823. This was not long after the appearance of "The PIRATE," a work which, it is hardly necessary to remind the reader, has a direct connection with the sea. In a conversation with a friend, a man of polished taste and extensive reading, the authorship of the Scottish novels came under discussion. The claims of Sir Walter were a little distrusted, on account of the peculiar and minute information that the romances were then very generally thought to display. The Pirate was cited as a very marked instance of this universal knowledge, and it was wondered where a man of Scott's habits and associations could have become so familiar with the sea. The writer had frequently observed that there was much looseness in this universal knowledge, and that the secret of its success was to be traced to the power of creating that resemblance , which is so remarkably exhibited in those world-renowned fictions, rather than to any very accurate information on the part of their author. It would have been hypercritical to object to the Pirate, that it was not strictly nautical, or true in its details; but, when the reverse was urged as a proof of what, considering the character of other portions of the work, would have been most extraordinary attainments, it was a sort of provocation to dispute the seamanship of the Pirate, a quality to which the book has certainly very little just pretension. The result of this conversation was a sudden determination to produce a work which, if it had no other merit, might present truer pictures of the ocean and ships than any that are to be found in the Pirate. To this unpremeditated decision, purely an impulse, is not only the Pilot due, but a tolerably numerous school of nautical romances that have succeeded it.

The author had many misgivings concerning the success of the undertaking, after he had made some progress in the work; the opinions of his different friends being anything but encouraging. One would declare that the sea could not be made interesting; that it was tame, monotonous, and without any other movement than unpleasant storms, and that, for his part, the less he got of it the better. The women very generally protested that such a book would have the odor of bilge water, and that it would give them the maladie de mer . Not a single individual among all those who discussed the merits of the project, within the range of the author's knowledge, either spoke, or looked, encouragingly. It is probable that all these persons anticipated a signal failure.

So very discouraging did these ominous opinions get to be that the writer was, once or twice, tempted to throw his manuscript aside, and turn to something new. A favorable opinion, however, coming from a very unexpected quarter, put a new face on the matter, and raised new hopes. Among the intimate friends of the writer was an Englishman, who possessed most of the peculiar qualities of the educated of his country. He was learned even, had a taste that was so just as always to command respect, but was prejudiced, and particularly so in all that related to this country and its literature. He could never be persuaded to admire Bryant's Water-Fowl, and this mainly because if it were accepted as good poetry, it must be placed at once amongst the finest fugitive pieces of the language. Of the Thanatopsis he thought better, though inclined to suspect it of being a plagiarism. To the tender mercies of this one-sided critic, who had never affected to compliment the previous works of th

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