Atlantic High (Magill's Literary Annual 1983)
William F. Buckley, Jr., wears many hats: editor, columnist, novelist, television personality, wit, and pundit. In Atlantic High: A Celebration, he puts on, for the second time, his captain’s yachting cap. Ostensibly, the book is a record of a cruise in the chartered ocean yacht Sealestial, from St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands to Marbella in Spain, by way of Bermuda and the Azores. As crew and companions, Buckley had with him Richard Clurman, former chief of correspondents for Time/Life and now a private consultant; Evan Galbraith, a United States diplomat to France; Tony Leggett, a young New York banker; Danny Merritt, a friend of Buckley’s son Christopher; Reginald Stoops, a plastics engineer and long-time sailing companion of Buckley; and Christopher Little, a professional photographer responsible for most of the photographs in the book. Clurman traveled only to Bermuda, and Galbraith left the ship in the Azores.
Both the voyage and the book are really an outgrowth and continuation of a similar 1975 voyage across the Atlantic and the resulting book, Airborne: A Sentimental Journey (1976). On that voyage, Galbraith, Merritt, and Stoops also accompanied Buckley. This voyage, however, is not merely a reprise of the earlier one. For one thing, the first voyage was made in Buckley’s own ocean yacht Cyrano; this second cruise is made in the chartered Sealestial with its professional crew of four...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 1983)
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Los Angeles Times Book Review. September 12, 1982, p. 2.
National Review. XXXIV, October 15, 1982, p. 1291.
The New York Times Book Review. LXXXVII, August 5, 1982, p. 6.
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The Wall Street Journal. September 23, 1982, p. 34.
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