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Posted October 7, 2005
Melville biography is a Texas sized winner
This biography is unique in addressing Melville's Texas connection. Few biographers have researched the period in his life when he spent months at a time antique hunting in Round Top, Tx. Additionally, there are some startling revelations regarding his experiences with Ambien, wine, and his quest for a car battery. The author explores Melville's relationship with the matriarch, Susanna McBurney and her beautiful, eldest daughter, Jolie Annakova McBurney and the eccentric bohemian, Charlotte of Rockport. We learn of Melville's introduction to sleeping elixirs and potions, afternoon drinking, and antique shopping as a result of his involvement with these iconoclastic women. Most biographers tend to dwell on Melville's time at sea, and his experiences in New York and New England. Fortunately for the reader, the biographer's Texas sleuthing pays rich dividends throughout this compelling record of a man under appreciated during his lifetime.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.