Books: Pole with British Tar

THE SEA DREAMER (321 pp.)—Gerard Jean-Aubry—Doubleday ($4.50).

While academic critics have been busy for a generation flensing Melville's whale and rendering it into midnight oil, they have neglected another great writer who made the sea his theater and the deck of a ship his stage. Joseph Conrad—monocled, with salt-rimed beard, at the wheel of a clipper—is too romantic a figure for modern fashion in literary heroes. Yet in his work, Conrad was not a romantic any more than Melville was a mere spinner of "sea yarns" or Shakespeare...

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