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Herman Melville - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about Herman Melville

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

Recommended links
 
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Herman Melville, author of Typee and Moby Dick; nineteenth century American Literature
Herman Melville   (1819 - 1891)
 
Category:  American Literature
 
Born:  August 1, 1819
New York City, New York, United States
 
Died:  September 28, 1891
New York City, New York, United States
 
Related authors:
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Richard Henry Dana
 
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Herman Melville - LIFE STORIES
 
 
1/3/1841     Young Melville and the Cannibals
On this day in 1841 twenty-two-year-old Herman Melville set sail aboard the Acushnet, a New England whaler heading for the South Seas. His experiences on this and several subsequent voyages would provide the basis for a half-dozen sea novels written in a five-year burst, 1846-51. In his lifetime, and much to his disgust, Melville's reputation was not made on the last of those, Moby Dick, but on the first, Typee.
7/14/1842     Herman Melville, Typee & the Cooking Pot
In 1841, at the age of twenty-two, Herman Melville signed on aboard the Acushnet, a New Bedford 3-master headed for the whale-killing fields in the South Seas. He lasted fifteen months, and then jumped ship in the Marquesas Islands -- into the arms of the dreaded Typee tribesmen, though not their cooking pot. This adventure became the basis of Typee, the book which brought him first and most fame in his lifetime.
11/14/1851     Moby-Dick "So Much Trash"
On this day in 1851 Herman Melville's Moby-Dick was published in the United States. The British edition had been published the previous month, with a botched ending; the American edition corrected this, but even if the American reviewers read to the end they sided with the British: "...so much trash belonging to the worst school of Bedlam literature." Many see the book's reception as a turning-point in Melville's life.
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Melville's Short Novels
by Herman Melville, Dan McCall (Editor)
fiction
 
Moby Dick
fiction
 
Typee
fiction
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Herman Melville: A Biography (1819-1851)
by Hershel Parker
biography
 
Herman Melville: A Biography (1851-1891)
by Hershel Parker
biography
 
New Essays on Moby-Dick
by Richard H. Brodhead (Editor)
criticism
 
Studies in Classic American Literature
by D. H. Lawrence
criticism
 
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Academy of American Poets
Melville biography, poetry, bibliography, and links. Selected poems include "America," "Gettysburg," and "Shiloh: A Requiem."

"In 1851, he completed his masterpiece, Moby-Dick, or the Whale. Considered by modern scholars to be one of the great American novels, the book was dismissed by Melville's contemporaries and he made little money from the effort. The other two novels that today form the core of the Melville canon-—Pierre; or the Ambiguities and The Confidence Man-—met with a similar fate."
Herman Melville's Billy Budd
This useful student resource offers an annotated electronic text, glossary, and reference materials which provide historical context and explain vocabulary, allusions, nautical references. Commentary, illustrations, and a Melville biography and bibliography are also included.

"... resources which might help clarify Melville's dense vocabulary, provide a framework for some of the lines of allusion, help the student better visualize the naval scenes, and generally provide some structure for the student so that his reading is as full as possible. One should note, however, that everything included here presupposes that reading and understanding Billy Budd can ultimately only be the product of hard work and attention to detail."
Herman Melville: Teaching the Short Fiction
An outline for teaching short fiction including "Billy Budd," "Bartleby the Scrivener," and "Benito Cereno." Offers suggestions on classroom strategies, views on major themes and issues, historical perspective, personal issues, form and style, and concordances with other literary works. Questions for discussions and writing and essay assignments are also provided.

"A major source of Melville's continuing power is the prescient insight he displays into the central problems of our culture: alienation; violence against women and the repression of the 'feminine in man' that usually accompanies it; the widening gap between a decadent ruling class and the workers it immiserates; racism and an ever-more-brutal assault against the world's peoples of color; an unbridled militarism that threatens our very existence while demanding that we resign our civil liberties and human rights in the name of national security."
The Life and Works of Herman Melville
An index of Melville resources, including biographies, bibliographies, quotations, and literary criticism and analysis. Also includes the publishing history of works including Typee, Omoo, and Moby Dick, as well as excerpts and contemporary reviews.
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