The Golden Wind

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The Golden Wind
Dust-jacket illustration for The Golden Wind
Author L. Sprague de Camp
Cover artist Jennifer Parrott
Country United States
Language English
Genre Historical novel
Publisher Doubleday
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 288
Preceded by The Bronze God of Rhodes

The Golden Wind is a historical novel by American writer L. Sprague de Camp, first published in hardcover by Doubleday in 1969, and in paperback by Curtis in 1972.[1] The book was reissued with a new introduction by Harry Turtledove as a trade paperback and ebook by Phoenix Pick in July 2014.[2] It is the fifth and last of de Camp's historical novels, both in order of writing and chronologically. The novel has also been translated into German.[3]

The same title was used for a story of adventure in China by Takashi Ohta and Margaret Sperry, first published in 1929.[4]

Plot summary[edit]

The novel concerns the adventures of Eudoxus of Cyzicus and Hippalus on the first voyages by sea from Egypt to India. Following these, it deals with Eudoxus' efforts to circumvent the newly established Egyptian monopoly on trade with India by pioneering a new route around the west coast of Africa, which are ultimately defeated by misadventure and the sheer extent of the continent.


Publishers' Weekly calls the book "a tale of high adventure, rich in historical lore and erudite in the telling. Of Mr. de Camp's ... novels, this may well be the most ambitious and quite possibly the best."[5] In contrast, Carol Ann Shine, writing for Library Journal, feels "Mr. de Camp has completely missed the mark in this story," which "moves slowly through stereotyped situations which would tax the imagination of the most gullible reader, and obvious and seemingly inappropriate philosophical discussions further delay the action." She rates it "for the faithful L. S. de Camp follower only ... however, this title will disappoint even Mr. de Camp's large following."[6]


  1. ^ Laughlin, Charlotte; Daniel J. H. Levack (1983). De Camp: An L. Sprague de Camp Bibliography. San Francisco: Underwood/Miller. p. 60.
  2. ^ record for the Phoenix Pick edition
  3. ^ OCLC record for the German edition
  4. ^ OCLC record for the Ohta/Sperry book
  5. ^ "The Golden Wind." Review in Publishers' Weekly, Jan. 20, 1969, p. 270.
  6. ^ Shine, Carol Ann. "DE CAMP, L. Sprague. The Golden Wind. Review in Library Journal, Mar. 15, 1969, pp. 1159-1160.
Preceded by
The Bronze God of Rhodes
Historical novels of L. Sprague de Camp
The Golden Wind
Succeeded by