Cover of: Redburn His First Voyage | Herman Melville

Redburn His First Voyage

being the sailor-boy confessions and reminiscences of the son-of-a-gentleman, in the merchant service.

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About the Book

Wellington Redburn is a fifteen-year-old from the state of New York, with only one dream - to run away to sea. However, when he does fulfil this long-held fantasy, he quickly finds that reality as a cabin boy is far harsher than he ever imagined. Mocked by the crew on board the Highlander for his weakness and bullied by the vicious and merciless sailor Jackson, Wellington must struggle to endure the long journey from New York to Liverpool. But when he does reach England, he is equally horrified by what he finds there: poverty, desperation and moral corruption. Inspired by Melville's own youthful experiences on board a cargo boat, this is a compelling tale of innocence transformed, through bitter experience, into disillusionment. A fascinating sea journal and coming-of-age tale, Redburn provides a unique insight into the mind of one of America's greatest novelists.

First Sentence

Wellingborough, as you are going to sea, suppose you take this shooting-jacket of mine along; it's just the thing-take it, it will save the expense of another.

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL7437213M
Internet Archive
redburnhisfirstv00herm
ISBN 10
0385093217
ISBN 13
9780385093217
OCLC/WorldCat
70363362
Library Thing
130367
Goodreads
2302171
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