Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Digging for Gold at the Library: Rime of the Ancient Mariner and the We Players

(by Gina Bardi, Reference Librarian)

One of our park partners is a wonderful artistic group known as the We Players. The We Players are known for turning landmarks and landscapes into their theatre. They have staged Macbeth at Fort Point, The Odyssey on both Angel Island and our very own Alma and Twelve Night at Hyde Street Pier. This October and November, they are back on the Alma doing a production on the great Samuel Taylor Coleridge Poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. I am quite sure this is going to be an experience as ethereal as the poem itself. In order to help people get into the mood, I’ve compiled a small list of resources to help whet your appetite.  First, if you’ve never read the poem, you can find it here from the Poetry Foundation, full text: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner 


Rime of the Ancient Mariner Pathfinder

This document was created to assist people who are interested in learning more about the poem, Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and related subjects.

At the San Francisco Maritime Research Center
Books

The Poem 
Sure, you’ve read Rime of the Ancient Mariner, but have you seen it illustrated?

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Milano: Edizione d’Arte “Felix,” 1966. Print.
Renowned illustrator Gustave Dore did the drawings for this edition. It is, as to be expected with Dore, marvelous and, due to the subject matter, frightening. FF PR4479 R5

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. New York: Heritage Press, 1945. Print.
This beautiful edition is illustrated by Edward A. Wilson with notes and an introduction by John Livingston Lowes, a Harvard professor who specialized in Coleridge. The printing quality is outstanding and this volume is perfect for reading aloud.
FF PR4479 A1 1945
  
Poetry and Criticism in General
This is just a sampling of the material we have on poetry collections and literary criticism. Please visit our online catalog: www.keys.bywatersolutions.com  to see more selections.

Boon, Kevin A., and Karen Markoe, eds. Reading the Sea: New Essays on Sea Literature. 1st ed. New York: Fort Schuyler Press, 1999. Print.
Fort Schuler Press is the academic press of the State University of New York Maritime College. One of the essays in this book is entitled: Blurred binaries: a mapping of excess and desire in S.T. Coleridge's "Rime of the ancient mariner"  by Royce W. Smith.
PN56 S4 R43 1999

Cole, William. The Sea, Ships and Sailors; Poems, Songs and Shanties. New York: Viking Press, 1967. Print.
Besides the “regulars” this collection includes works by people as diverse as Shel Silvertstein and John Updike.
PN6110 S4 C62 1967

Kobus, L. C. S. The Rhyme of the Modern Offshoreman. Houston: Seamount Book Co, 1975. Print.
I added this because it’s such an unusual book of poetry on such a specific topic. Titles included are “The Old Sea Rig’ and “The Offshore Platform.”
PN6110 S4 K4 1975

Williamson, W. M. The Eternal Sea, an Anthology of Sea Poetry. New York: Coward-McCann Inc, 1946. Print.
This compact volume includes over 100 poems. They are arranged by topics, such as “Nautica Mystica” and “A Child of the Sea”.
PN6110 S4 W6

Superstitions and Folk Lore
Bassett, Fletcher S. Sea Phantoms, Or, Legends and Superstitions of the Sea and of Sailors in All Lands and at All Times. Rev. ed. Chicago: Morrill, Higgins & Co, 1892. Print.
Also available full text on line here.
This book is cram packed with useful tidbits. If you ever come face to face with a kraken, you’re going to wish you had read this.
GR910 B31 1892
  
Beck, Horace Palmer, and Marine Historical Association. Folklore and the Sea. 1st paperback ed. Middletown, Conn: Published for the Marine Historical Association, Mystic Seaport, by Wesleyan University Press, 1977. Print.
Horace Beck is a notable Folklorist. A professor at Middlebury College in Vermont for over 20 years, this book is considered a classic in both folklore and maritime studies.  
GR910 B37

Clary, James. Superstitions of the Sea. St. Clair, Michigan: Maritime History in Art, 1994. Print.
This book Is an easy to read compendium of superstitions and stories from around the world.
GR910 C53 1994

Archival Material
We have many collections which include original poetry written by seamen. For an overview, please see this post on our blog, Full Fathom Five.  

Photographs
We have photosgraphs in the collection depciting sailors and albatross. Be on the lookout for an upcoming blog post of Full Fathom Five highlighting these and other images in our collection remeniscent of The Rime

Online
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner  from the Poetry Foundation
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner from Project Gutenberg
See the beautiful Gustave Dore illustrations  for the Rime in the University of Buffalo’s digital collections.
Smith, Laura Alexandrine. The Music of the Waters: A Collection of the Sailors' Chanties, Or Working Songs of the Sea, of All Maritime Nations. Boatmen's Fishermen's, And Rowing Songs, And Water Legends. London: K. Paul, Trench, 1888.
The University of Ottawa in Canada has gathered a useful list of literary criticism of the poem.

At Other Institutions
Here are some sources outside of the library which might be useful.
Books

Bloom, Harold. Samuel Taylor Coleridge's the Rime of the Ancient Mariner. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1986. Print.
This essay collection edited by noted critic Harold Bloom is part of the Modern Critical Interpretations series and even includes an essay by Camile Paglia.

Boulger, James D. Twentieth Century Interpretations of the Rime of the Ancient Mariner: A Collection of Critical Essays. Englewood Cliffs, N.J: Prentice-Hall, 1969. Print.
Includes essays by Coleridge scholar John Livingston Lowes and the poet Robert Penn Warren.
Coleridge, Samuel T, Martin Gardner, and Gustave Doré. The Annotated Ancient Mariner: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. New York: C.N. Potter, 1965. Print.
This edition combines the drawings of Dore with the elucidation of scholar Martin Gardner.

Film
Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Dir. daSilva R. perf. Michael Redgrave. . West Long Branch, N.J: Kultur, 1984. Film.
The worldcat.org summary states: “A two-part program which examines the life of Samuel Coleridge from his orphaned childhood to how his friendship with William and Dorothy Wordsworth inspired him to write the rime of the ancient mariner. Part 2 consists of a visualization of Coleridge's epic poem - The rime of the ancient mariner.”

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Dir. Jordan, Larry. Perf. Orson Welles.  Chicago, Ill: Facets Video, 1989. Film.
The worldcat.org summary states: “Using the classic engravings of Gustave Doré and a cut-out style of animation, the film follows Samuel Taylor Coleridge's long dream of an old mariner who kills an albatross and suffers the pains of the damned for it.”

Music
Iron Maiden. Rime of the Ancient Mariner. 1985. CD.                  
I couldn’t resist throwing this on here. The 13 minute long song stays faithful to the poem, even including passages that lead singer Bruce Dickinson eerily recites. Could Eddie be the Ancient Mariner?


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New in the Research Center: Rough Weather All Day

(by Heather Hernandez, Technical Services Librarian)

Cover of Rough Weather All Day, edited by David Hirzel
We're delighted to announce that Rough Weather All Day : an Account of the "Jeannette" Search Expedition by Patrick Cahill, edited by David Hirzel, is now available in the Research Center.

Patrick Cahill, a member of the expedition, kept a diary that has been unavailable in published form until now.  Rich in details of the daily life spent among native peoples that sheltered the members of the expedition, this title is of interest to anyone wanting to learn more about the exploration of the northwest coast of North America.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New in the Research Center: Shipwrecks of the California Coast

(by Heather Hernandez, Technical Services Librarian)

Cover
If you're interested in the history of California shipwrecks, then be sure to stop by the Research Center--Michael White's new book, Shipwrecks of the California Coast : wood to iron, sail to steam is now available.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

New in the Research Center: The Abalone King of Monterey

(by Heather Hernandez, Technical Services Librarian)

Cover

Do you know the story of "Pop" Ernest Doelter, pioneering Japanese fisherman?  Interested in abalone recipes?  Then stop by the Research Center and take a look at our newly available book, The Abalone King of Monterey.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New in the Research Center: Ship steward's handbook

(by Heather Hernandez, Technical Services Librarian)

Cover

The back cover of the Ship Steward's Handbook says it all:  "This charming little handbook was first published in the 1950s as an aid for stewards in the Merchant Navy. With an emphasis on pride in one's work, and a thoroughness and dedication to the highest level of service, it sets out precise instructions on a steward's duties from table etiquette to cabin service."  Illuminating not just the steward's duties, but what it may have been like to be under such a steward's care, be sure to stop by the Research Center to take a look at this glimpse into a mid-century merchant sailor's seafaring life.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New in the Research Center: WindLasses, Kindred Spirits

(by Heather Hernandez, Technical Services Librarian)

Cover of the CD

We are delighted to announce that a rather scarce CD of sea music and chanties is now available in the Research Center--The WindLasses album Kindred Spirits.  Why not stop by to listen to the Glovers' delightful harmonies?