Since its publication in 1963, Sterling Hayden’s autobiography, Wanderer, has been surrounded by controversy. The author was at the peak of his earning power as a movie star when he suddenly quit. He walked out on Hollywood, walked out of a shattered marriage, defied the courts, broke as an outlaw, set sail with his four children in the schooner Wanderer–bound for the South Seas. His attempt to escape launched his autobiography. It is the candid, sometimes painfully revealing confession of a man who scrutinized his every self-defeat and self-betrayal in the unblinking light of conscience.
…one unforgettable voyage…under a captain whose words may echo in your mind and whose attitude may inform your spirit for the rest of your life. * The Times (UK) * An impressive writer. Like Fitzgerald, Hayden is a romantic. His writing about the sea evokes echoes of Conrad and McFee, of London and Galsworthy…Beautifully done. * Los Angeles Times * A superb piece of writing…Echoes from Poe and Melville to Steinbeck and Mailer. A work of fascination on every level. * New York Post * Hayden’s wonderful autobiography Wanderer …should be in every main salon aboard every boat. Hayden’s life can’t be emulated, but it is instructive * Ocean Navigator *
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