Description : The story of Captain Ahab's obssession with the great white whale that crippled him is presented in a specially designed edition
Description : Traces Melville's life from his childhood in New York, through his adventures abroad as a sailor, to his creation of "Moby-Dick," and forty years later, to his death, in obscurity.
Description : The first of a two-volume biography of Melville traces his life from his childhood in New York, through his adventures abroad as a sailor, to his creation of Moby-Dick.
Description : A complete collection of Melville's short works of fiction that includes The Encantadas, Bartleby, the Scrivener, Benito Cereno, and Billy Budd
Description : This volume reprints virtually all the known contemporary reviews of Herman Melville's writings from the 1840s until his death in 1891.
Description : Traces Melville's life from his childhood in New York, through his adventures abroad as a sailor, to his creation of "Moby-Dick," and forty years later, to his death, in obscurity
Description : Herman Melville is one of the most challenging authors of American literature. Known primarily as the author of Moby-Dick, he wrote several other novels, short stories, and poems. This volume is a comprehensive guide to his life and work. Included are hundreds of entries for his writings, characters, family members, friends, and acquaintances. The volume identifies characters from Melville's works, and entries on the most important topics include bibliographies.
Description : This compelling biography of Herman Melville, one of America's most enigmatic literary figures, recounts a life full of adventure, hardship, and moral conflict. The grandson of two wealthy Revolutionary War heroes, Melville spent the first years of his affluent childhood in New York City, until his father went suddenly bankrupt in 1830, moved the family upstate, and died shortly thereafter. Melville escaped to sea in his early twenties, sailing first to England, then to Polynesia, where he found himself fleeing from cannibals, joining a mutiny, and frolicking with naked islanders. Much of his writing was based on his nautical adventures, but his novels were, for the most part, unsuccessful and misunderstood. His only close friend was Nathaniel Hawthorne, to whom he dedicated Moby-Dick. Later in life, Melville had to accept work as a low-level customs agent to support his wife and children. Newton Arvin's eminently readable biography beautifully captures the troubled, often reclusive man whose major works include Typee, Omoo, "Bartleby the Scrivener," Billy Budd, and his indisputable masterpiece, Moby-Dick. This winner of the 1950 National Book Award, Herman Melville is "the wisest and most balanced single piece of writing on Melville" -- The New York Times "....a superb exercise of critical scholarship and an ornament to American letters." -- Saturday Review of Literature