Delilah Author:Marcus Goodrich A remarkable work of art . There is one set piece -- which Conrad or Maugham would have given a finger or so to have written. --The New Yorker — Delilah is an old four-piper destroyer whose regular beat is one of the world's most exotic -- and dangerous -- bodies of water: the Sulu Sea. Set at the beginning of the American centur... more »y just before the Great War, the ship patrols the violent racial and religious tensions that threaten to break America's tenuous grasp on the Philippines and on its identity as colonial power. In a series of exquisitely drawn stories, Marcus Goodrich reveals tantalizing glimpses of the heart of each sailor as the crew puts down Philippine insurrections, searches for a gunrunners cave told only in island folklore and delivers medicine to western missionaries.
Here is the return of one of the twentieth century's most important and widely translated novels of the sea. It is a boon for lovers of sea yarns, and a must-read for any serious student of American Literature.
Marcus Goodrich was commissioned US Navy officer during both world wars and served as a correspondent for Time. When Delilah was published, he became an instant celebrity. He was writing screenplays for the major film companies when he met his wife, Olivia de Havilland. Goodrich retired in Richmond, VA and died in 1991.« less