Symzonia: A Voyage of Discovery (1820 novel)
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|Author||Credited to Adam Seaborn|
|Subject||Hollow earth adventure story|
Symzonia: A Voyage of Discovery is a book of unknown authorship, credited in the text to an Adam Seaborn, a captain who leads a voyage of exploration to Antarctica and into the hollow earth. The first edition was printed by Jonathan Seymor of 49 John Street, New York [City] in 1820.
- Seaborn, Adam (1820), Symzonia: A Voyage of Discovery, New York: J. Seymor, https://books.google.com/books?id=PYfRAAAAMAAJ
Though sometimes, curiously, attributed to John Cleves Symmes himself, Symzonia was more often taken to be a ridiculing of Symmes's theory about the hollow earth, not a book written in support of it. More likely candidates for the authorship have been suggested as Nathaniel Ames[L] and Washington Irving.[S]
Readings and Reviews
- Everett, Edward (July 1821), "A Voyage to the Internal World", The North American Review IV (1): 134-143
- Lang, Hans-Joachim; Lease, Benjamin (June 1975), "The Authorship of Symzonia: The Case for Nathaniel Ames", The New England Quarterly 48 (2): 241-252
- Solomon, Michael (2011), "Captain Seaborn", Visitors to the Inner Earth, Top Hat Press
- Yost, Michelle K. (2014), Seeking Empire at the Centre of the World: Nineteenth Century American Hollow Earth Novels, https://www.academia.edu/7177687/Seeking_Empire_at_the_Centre_of_the_World_Nineteenth_Century_American_Hollow_Earth_Novels
- Loshe, Lillie Deming (1907), The Early American Novel, New York: Columbia University Press, p. 81, https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015000553662&view=1up&seq=105
- Curtis, George H. (January 1978), "Americus Vespucius Symmes and the North Greenland Expeditions of Robert E. Peary, 1891-1895", The American Neptune (Salem, Mass.: Peaboy Museum of Salem) 38: 44, https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015018431398&view=1up&seq=66
- Who Goes There? or, Men and Events, New York: Carleton, 1866, p. 111, https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.b4373685&view=1up&seq=115, "His ideas had plausible place in their day of utterance, and encountered what has been the fate of all projectors, the semi-ridicule, semi-illustration of a book called Symzonia, in which the visit inter-spherical was, with vivid adventures, accomplished. His theory at last melted away like the stories of the Arcadia or the southern continent."