Mapping Discourse in R.H. Dana’s “Two Years Before the Mast”

When Richard Henry Dana Jr. visited San Francisco in 1859 after an absence of almost a quarter of a century, he was informed that, unbeknownst to him, he had become a man of considerable fame on the West Coast. As an adolescent, Dana was studying law at Harvard when he caught the measles, which led to a inflammatory condition that affected his eyesight and reading ability. Coming from a well-to-do family, to everyone's surprise Dana decided not to take the classical route of doing R&R in the resorts of Europe. Instead, he marched to Boston harbor and signed up as a low-ranking merchant sailor on the Pilgrim, bound for Alta California via Cape Horn and the Chilean Juan Fernandez island.

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Boston: Monument

When I lay down and none can wake me. When I'm between the covers. I hear that song, transporting me to places unknown. Translating me to words unspoken. It's easier to be here, in the in-between. A blank sheet snuck in an unreadable tome. Unfound. Ever bound for the false, in love with the error, … Continue reading Boston: Monument