A CAVALCADE OF SEA LEGENDS by Michael -- Ed. Brown
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This is more a treasury of lore than a collection of roundly realized stories such as Manning-Sanders offers, but a treasure it is regardless. Drawn mainly from European sources (Classical, Teutonic, and Celtic), the selections include prose and poetry, traditional and literary material, the artless lamentation of ""Sir Patrick Spens"" and the spoofy irreverence of ""The Albatross"" (R. P. Lister's answer to Coleridge), the Irish lilt of B. Hunt's ""The Earl's Son of the Sea"" and the more stately Victorian cadences of Kingsley's ""The Argonauts,"" the legendary treachery of Sinbad's ""Old Man of the Sea"" and the real endurance of those maligned Finns who were thought to have power over the wind. The editor contributes a luminous essay on sea superstitions, and even those primitive anecdotes which were originally transmitted as evidence for various supernatural phenomena, and which often fall flat with a less credulous audience, maintain their fascination here. Total immersion is recommended, but even a random dip into this resounding sea of mermaids and monsters, drowned bells and blue men, enchanted seals and dreaded draugs, is certain to yield something rich and strange.

Pub Date: March 29th, 1972
Publisher: Walck