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  • Paperback: 516 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (June 24 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 149052178X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1490521787
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 857 g
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About the Author

Herman Melville (1819 – 1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet of the American Renaissance period. His best known works include Typee (1846), and his whaling novel Moby-Dick (1851). His writing draws explores literature and philosophy, and engagement in the contradictions of American society. The vocabulary is rich, a rhythm infuses sentences and imagery is often mystical. He was born in New York City but the family were in financial trouble after his father died. Melville became a schoolteacher then took to sea in 1839 as a common sailor on a merchant ship. In 1840 he signed aboard the whaler Acushnet for his first whaling voyage. He returned to Boston in 1844. His first book, Typee (1845), a highly romanticized account of his life among Polynesians, became such a best-seller that he worked up a sequel, Omoo (1847). These successes encouraged him to marry Elizabeth Shaw, of a prominent Boston family, but were hard to sustain. His first novel not based on his own experiences, Mardi (1849), is a sea narrative that develops into a philosophical allegory, but was not well received. Redburn (1849), a story of life on a merchant ship, and his 1850 expose of harsh life aboard a Man-of-War, White-Jacket yielded warmer reviews. In 1850, Melville moved his family to Arrowhead, a farm near Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where he established a friendship with Nathaniel Hawthorne, to whom he dedicated Moby-Dick. In 1857, he voyaged to England, where he reunited with Hawthorne and toured the Near East. The Confidence-Man (1857), was the last prose work he published during his lifetime. He moved to New York to take a position as Customs Inspector and turned to poetry. Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War (1866) was his poetic reflection on the moral questions of the Civil War. Melville died of cardiovascular disease in 1891. Critics later discovered his work and his major novels and stories have become world classics.


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