The Sea in Nineteenth-Century English and American Literature Representative Works - Essay

Representative Works

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Kate Chopin
The Awakening (novel) 1899

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (poem) 1798; published in Lyrical Ballads

Joseph Conrad
The Mirror of the Sea: Memories and Impressions (essays) 1906

James Fenimore Cooper
The Pilot: A Tale of the Sea (novel) 1823
The Red Rover: A Tale (novel) 1827
The Water Witch; or, The Skimmer of the Seas: A Tale (novel) 1830
The Two Admirals: A Tale of the Sea (novel) 1842
Afloat and Ashore; or, The Adventures of Miles Wallingford (novel) 1844
The Sea Lions; or, The Lost Sealers (novel) 1849

Stephen Crane
“The Open Boat” (short story) 1898; published in The Open Boat and Other Tales of Adventure

Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea (prose) 1840

Archibald Duncan
Mariner's Chronicle, Being a Collection of the Most Interesting Narratives of Shipwrecks, Fires, Famines, and Other Calamities Incident to the Life of Maritime Enterprise 2 vols. (nonfiction) 1804

Philip Freneau
The British Prison Ship (poetry) 1781

Washington Irving
“The Voyage” (short story) 1819; published in The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent No. 1

Henry James
The Awkward Age (novel) 1899

Jack London
The Sea-Wolf (novel) 1904

Frederick Marryat
Mr. Midshipman Easy (novel) 1836
Masterman Ready; or, The Wreck of the Pacific, Written for Young People 3 vols. (novel) 1841-42

Herman Melville
Redburn, His First Voyage (novel) 1849
White Jacket; or, The World in a Man-of-War (novel) 1850
The Whale [Moby-Dick; or, The Whale] (novel) 1851
Pierre; or, The Ambiguities (novel) 1852
Israel Potter, His Fifty Years of Exile (novel) 1855
John Marr and Other Sailors, with Some Sea-Pieces (poetry) 1888

Edgar Allan Poe
“MS. Found in a Bottle” (short story) 1831
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym (novel) 1837-38

Percy Bysshe Shelley
“A Vision of the Sea” (poem) 1820; published in Prometheus Unbound, with Other Poems

Henry David Thoreau
Cape Cod (prose) 1865

Walt Whitman
*Sea-Drift (poetry), first published in final form in 1881 edition of Leaves of Grass

*Some of the poems in Sea-Drift were published in an earlier form as Sea-Shore Memories in Whitman's 1871 collection Passage to India.