Introduction to the 1977 Edition Book I: Man at Bay Book II: Outward Bound Book III: Exile from Oblivion Book IV: Ironed Wanderer Book V: Abysmal Voyage Book VI: Cold Star Blazing
Sterling Hayden (1916-1986) is most widely known for his acting (Asphalt Jungle, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, and The Godfather). However, throughout his life he punctuated his acting stints with bouts of adventuring, or wandering. He started out as a humble dory fisherman in the Grand Banks, captained a two-masted brig from Boston to Tahiti, and sailed around the world twice, all before he appeared on film. After his first Hollywood period, he enlisted in the marines under a pseudonym, eventually working as an undercover agent for the OSS. He split his later years between a canal boat in Paris and an apartment in Sausalito where he wrote much of his novel, Voyage.
...one unforgettable voyage...under a captain whose words may echo
in your mind and whose attitude may inform your spirit for the rest
of your life. * The Times (UK) *
An impressive writer. Like Fitzgerald, Hayden is a romantic. His writing about the sea evokes echoes of Conrad and McFee, of London and Galsworthy...Beautifully done. * Los Angeles Times *
A superb piece of writing...Echoes from Poe and Melville to Steinbeck and Mailer. A work of fascination on every level. * New York Post *
Hayden's wonderful autobiography Wanderer ...should be in every main salon aboard every boat. Hayden's life can't be emulated, but it is instructive * Ocean Navigator *