Resources: Seafaring Literature

NB: The following dates are indicative of when the text is set and are not dates of publication.

Pre-1600s
The Argonautica by Rhodius Apollonius
The Odyssey by Homer
The Seafarer
The Libelle Of Englyshe Polycye
Sir Mortimer by Mary Johnston
Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley
The Sea-Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

1600s
The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe & A General History of the Pyrates  by Daniel Defoe
Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini
Bermudas by Andrew Marvell

1700s
Fanny Campbell, The Female Pirate Captain: A Tale of The Revolution by Maturin Murray Ballou
The Adventures of Roderick Random by T. Smollett
Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage by Baron George Gordon Byron
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” by William Hope Hodgson
The Pirate by Walter Scott
Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Treasure Island & Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
Gulliver’s Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World by Jonathan Swift

1800s
The Lighthouse by R. M. Ballantyne
The Pathfinder, Or The Inland Sea; The Pilot; The Two Admirals & Afloat ad Ashore by James Fenimore Cooper
Toilers of the Sea by Victor Hugo
Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
The Sea-Wolf by Jack London
The King’s Own; The Phantom Ship; Mr. Midshipman Easy & Poor Jack by Frederick Marryat
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe
The Wreck of the Grosvenor & An Ocean Tragedy by William Clark Russell
Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne

1900s
The Shadow Line: A Confession & Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
Great Sea Stories, ed. Joseph Lewis French (anthology)
A Naval Venture by T. T. Jeans
Under the White Ensign: A Naval Story of the Great War by Percy F. Westerman
Stand By! Naval Sketches and Stories  by H. Taprell Dorling
Silence is—Deadly by Bertrand Shurtleff
Sea Fever & The Ship and her Makers by John Masefield

Non-Fiction
Under the Southern Cross by Maturin Murray Ballou
A Voyage to the South Sea & Mutiny on the Bounty by William Bligh
Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana
White Jacket; Or, The World on a Man-of-War by Herman Melville
Pincher Martin, O.D.: A Story of the Inner Life of the Royal Navy by H. Taprell Dorling 

Academic Theory
A topographical approach to re-reading books about Islands in digital literary spaces by J. R. Carpenter

(Dis)Integrating Visions: South and Imperial/Colonial Difference in Dickens and Conrad by Luigi Cazzato

The narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket: Psychological introspection in A Maritime Journey by Justine Shu-Ting Kao 
“What if Icarus Hadn’t Hurtled into the Sea?” Some Remarks towards a Theory of Historical Narratology by Martin Klepper 

Religious Pluralism in Yann Martel’s Life of Pi: A Case of Intertextual Correspondence with Swami Vivekananda’s Religious Philosophy by John Kuriakose 
The Rebirth of the Musical Author in Recent Fiction Written in English by Carmen Lara-Rallo 
Arthur Morrison, Criminality, and Late-Victorian Maritime Subculture by Diana Maltz
What Does Melville See on the Ocean? by Stipe Grgas 

 

Is something missing? If you know a public domain or open-access work which you think belongs here, don’t hesitate to let us know!


All of the sources above are publically accessible at the date of retrieval (20/3/2020). The Wellington Street Review makes no claims of ownership. The views held by the original authors are the authors’ own and do not necessarily reflect that of the Wellington Street Review or its staff. All sources are listed here for ease of access and the convenience of the reader.

Header picture from Ivan Aivazovsky’s The Tempest (1886)

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