Title: The Sway of the Grand Saloon: A Social ...
Publisher: Delacorte Press, New York
Publication Date: 1971
Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition.
A Fine tight copy in a Near Fine price clipped dust jacket. This is the history of the glorious age of passenger ships that began in 1818 and ended 150 years later when the age of trans-oceanic travel ended. Illustrated wih period drawings and photographs. Brinnin surveys steamship travel across the North Atlantic from the earliest crossing by the Savannah in 1819 to the launching of the Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1968. The structure of Sway of the Grand Saloon is largely that of an interwoven set of biographies of individual ships. Much of the book is a collage of quotations from writers, journalists, and diarists. The Sway of the Grand Saloon is subtitled "A social history of the North Atlantic," and though it is never theorized as academic history might be, it evokes, through lavish description, the history of a small but powerful world of transatlantic travelers. Social class is always at the core of Brinnin's anecdotes, and his social perspective is always clear. Bookseller Inventory # 22606
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