I have sold out for years. Just recall the pathetic trash I have made month after month, year after year ... I am a decent enough man, not too bright perhaps, but impelled by some ideas as to conviction and principles. I was sustained by my inner determination to break out . . .

Ever since his boyhood summers in Boothbay Harbor, Me., Sterling Hayden (born John Hamilton) had been running away to sea whenever the going got rough. At 15, he sailed as workaway on a schooner from Connecticut to California. He...

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