The Log from the Sea of Cortez is a book written by John Steinbeck,
published in 1951, which details a six-week marine specimen-collecting
boat expedition he made in 1940 at various sites in the Gulf of
California (also known as the Sea of Cortez), with his friend, marine
biologist Ed Ricketts. It is regarded as one of Steinbeck's most
important works of non-fiction chiefly because of the involvement of
Ricketts, who shaped Steinbeck's thinking and provided the prototype
for many of the pivotal characters in his fiction, and the insights it
gives into the philosophies of the two men. The Log from the Sea of
Cortez is the narrative portion of an unsuccessful earlier work, Sea of
Cortez: A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research, which was published
by Steinbeck and Ricketts shortly after their return from the Gulf of
California, and combined the journals of the collecting expedition,
reworked by Steinbeck, with Ricketts' species catalogue. After
Ricketts' death in 1948, Steinbeck dropped the species catalogue from
the earlier work and republished it with a eulogy to his friend added
as a foreword.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
American Revolutionary War: A British force under General Lord
Cornwallis, numbering 1,900, fought 4,400 American troops under Rhode
Island native General Nathanael Greene at the Battle of Guilford Court
House inside present-day Greensboro, North Carolina.
Cricketers representing England and Australia began the first match in
Test cricket at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Victoria,
Tsar Nicholas II of Russia was forced to abdicate in the February
Revolution, ending three centuries of Romanov rule.
World War II: German forces recaptured Kharkov after four days of
house-to-house fighting against Soviet troops, ending the month-long
Third Battle of Kharkov.
The company Symbolics became the first ever entity, individual or party
to register a .com top-level domain name: symbolics.com
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. To rend asunder by force; to split or cleave.
2. To be split or rent asunder
Wikiquote quote of the day:
As long as our government is administered for the good of the people,
and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights
of person and property, liberty of conscience, and of the press, it
will be worth defending.