Patrick O’Brian, 9 November 1989
Show More Last Voyages. Cavendish, Hudson, Ralegh: The Original Narratives edited by Philip Edwards.
Oxford, 268 pp., £25, November 1988, 0 19 812894 0Show More
The Nagle Journal: A Diary for the Life of Jacob Nagle, Sailor, from the Year 1775 to 1841 edited by John Dann.
Weidenfeld, 402 pp., £18.95, March 1989, 1 55584 223 2Show More
Journal of a Voyage with Bering, 1741-1742 by Georg Wilhelm Steller, edited by O.W. Frost, translated by Margritt Engel and O.W. Frost.
Stanford, 252 pp., $35, September 1988, 0 8047 1446 0Show More
“... In his introduction to Last Voyages Professor Edwards almost apologises for voyages as a form of literature, partly because the New Criticism ignored them; yet he may be battering at an open door, for surely the great mass of readers, who do not give a damn for the New Criticism, have never ceased to agree that ‘these narratives ... are a special kind of writing with distinctive values of its own ...”