The Glorious Adventure
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Richard Halliburton (1900-1939) was one of the most adventurous and successful of travel writers during the interwar years. In 1928 he published this account of his Mediterranean travels, which were inspired by the mythical voyage of Odysseus. He consults the oracle of Apollo, travels to Mount Olympus 'to visit the gods that dwelled there', swims the Hellespont in emulation of Byron, and seeks the homes of Circe, the Cyclops and Aeolus, god of the winds.