Richard Henry Dana, Jr.

Dana, Richard Henry

Richard Henry Dana, 1787–1879, American poet and essayist, b. Cambridge, Mass.; son of Francis Dana. After studying law, he was admitted to the bar in 1811. Critic and poet, Dana was a founder and editor of the North American Review and also contributed to other periodicals. His best-known poem, The Buccaneer, appeared in 1827. See his collected Poems and Prose Writings (1850). His son, Richard Henry Dana, 1815–82, b. Cambridge, Mass., was also a writer and a lawyer. After spending two years (1831–33) at Harvard, he shipped as a common sailor around Cape Horn to California. The narrative of this voyage, published as Two Years before the Mast (1840), was written to secure justice for the sailor and has become an American classic of the days of sailing ships. Returning to Harvard, Dana graduated in 1837 and entered law practice. He handled many maritime cases and published The Seaman's Friend (1841), a standard manual of maritime law. Active in politics, he helped found the Free-Soil party.

See his journal, ed. by R. F. Lucid (3 vol., 1968); biography by C. F. Adams (1890).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Richard Henry Dana, Jr.: Selected full-text books and articles

Richard Henry Dana, Jr., 1815-1882 By Samuel Shapiro Michigan State University Press, 1961
An Autobiographical Sketch (1815-1842) By Richard Henry Dana; Robert F. Metzdorf Shoe String Press, 1953
FREE! Two Years before the Mast: A Personal Narrative By Richard Henry Dana Jr Houghton Mifflin Company, 1911
FREE! To Cuba and Back: A Vacation Voyage By Richard Henry Dana Jr Ticknor and Fields, 1859
FREE! The Early Years of the Saturday Club, 1855-1870 By Edward Waldo Emerson Houghton Mifflin Company, 1918
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