When the thematic approach is called for in the study of American or English literature, Twayne's Studies in Literary Themes and Genres Series is first choice in reference material. This series is the first to investigate comprehensively yet concisely continuities and changes within individual literary themes and genres. Each book includes: an overview of the evolution of the theme or genre in-depth analyses of four to six exemplary texts an extensive antated list of works for further reading a discursive critical bibliography a chrology of major authors, works, and historical events of importance in the development of the theme or genre. From The Odyssey to The Old Man and the Sea, the long tradition of sea voyage narratives is comprehensively explained here, including a full historical perspective supported by discussions of key texts. Whether the task be to find out more about Moby-Dick or the sea voyage theme in general this broad introduction is the first step.