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Jack Tars Story: The Autobiographies and Memoirs of Sailors in Antebellum America (review)

Jack Tars Story: The Autobiographies and Memoirs of Sailors in Antebellum America (review) 346 Biography 34.2 (Fall 2011) contribution to justifying ongoing interest in Bashkirtseff ’s journal. Based on extensive research, including close reading of the whole diary and familiarity with a wide range of secondary sources as well as relevant theories, it is a plea- sure to read. It sent me back to Bashkirtseff with renewed curiosity and left me eager to see the new edition. Valerie Raoul Myra C. Glenn. Jack Tar’s Story: The Autobiographies and Memoirs of Sailors in Antebellum America. New York: Cambridge UP, 2010. xi + 194 pp. ISBN 978-0521193689, $85.00. In Myra Glenn’s telling, Jack Tar’s story is not one of the sea, not one of far- away places or of that peculiar world enclosed by wooden walls, the deep-sea going ship. It is instead a story, told over and over again by dozens of seafar- ing men, of the United States itself. Like several other recent works in both history and literary studies, Glenn’s new book systematically sifts through the autobiographical writings of native-born and naturalized mariners in order to disentangle the tightly interwoven and contested constructions of manhood and national identity during the antebellum era. Given the great popularity of the genre at the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Jack Tars Story: The Autobiographies and Memoirs of Sailors in Antebellum America (review)

Biography , Volume 34 (2) – Nov 23, 2011

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346 Biography 34.2 (Fall 2011) contribution to justifying ongoing interest in Bashkirtseff ’s journal. Based on extensive research, including close reading of the whole diary and familiarity with a wide range of secondary sources as well as relevant theories, it is a plea- sure to read. It sent me back to Bashkirtseff with renewed curiosity and left me eager to see the new edition. Valerie Raoul Myra C. Glenn. Jack Tar’s Story: The Autobiographies and Memoirs of Sailors in Antebellum America. New York: Cambridge UP, 2010. xi + 194 pp. ISBN 978-0521193689, $85.00. In Myra Glenn’s telling, Jack Tar’s story is not one of the sea, not one of far- away places or of that peculiar world enclosed by wooden walls, the deep-sea going ship. It is instead a story, told over and over again by dozens of seafar- ing men, of the United States itself. Like several other recent works in both history and literary studies, Glenn’s new book systematically sifts through the autobiographical writings of native-born and naturalized mariners in order to disentangle the tightly interwoven and contested constructions of manhood and national identity during the antebellum era. Given the great popularity of the genre at the

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