Hester Blum

Hester Blum is Associate Professor of English at Penn State University and the author of The View from the Masthead: Maritime Imagination and Antebellum American Sea Narratives (UNC Press, 2008). With the support of a 2014-2015 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship she is writing a book called The Ends of the Earth: Oceanic Studies and the Print Culture of Arctic and Antarctic Exploration. She is a regular contributor to Avidly.org. You can follow her on Twitter.


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18 Hours Before the Mast

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18 Hours Before the Mast