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Herman Melville
     

Herman Melville

by Harold Bloom (Editor)
 

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Unappreciated at the time of his death, Herman Melville is known today as one of the most important figures in the development of American literature. While Moby-Dick now is universally acknowledged as Melville's masterpiece, during his lifetime his travelogues Typee and Omoo were more widely read. Melville also wrote classic short stories such as "Bartleby the

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Unappreciated at the time of his death, Herman Melville is known today as one of the most important figures in the development of American literature. While Moby-Dick now is universally acknowledged as Melville's masterpiece, during his lifetime his travelogues Typee and Omoo were more widely read. Melville also wrote classic short stories such as "Bartleby the Scrivener" and "Benito Cereno," as well as the posthumously published novella Billy Budd. This new edition of essays, introduced by Harold Bloom, gathers together some of the best criticism available on the works of Herman Melville.

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Children's Literature
For modern students the name Herman Melville conjures up images of great white whales, sea stories set in distant lands, and struggles between good and evil. Yet, what may surprise current readers is the fact that Herman Melville lived almost his entire life in financial ruin and broad-based critical scorn. In this selection from the "Bloom's Bio-Critiques" series, Harold Bloom presents the contradictory life and work of this famous American author. As is the case with other books in this sophisticated series, this title presents a series of in-depth essays focused upon the life and work of the featured author. In Melville's case his life featured a combination of grinding work and great critical rejection of his writing. During his lifetime Melville's novels were seen as scandalous and vague, his poetry was rejected as insignificant, and his stories were either rejected as fanciful or heaped with scorn for being irreverent. It was not until years after his death that future critics and readers resurrected the work of Melville. In this particular book, editor Bloom offers a weighty biography and critical essays that analyze the work and themes of Melville. The end result is an informative, albeit somewhat intellectualized, look at this 19th century author. This is a book for serious students of Melville or those engaging in advanced studies of his writings. As such this title will serve a purpose for those who wish to critically study the life and work of this now renowned American author. 2006, Chelsea House Publishers, Ages 14 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791095577
Publisher:
Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
12/28/2007
Series:
Bloom's Classic Critical Views Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

One of our most popular, respected, and controversial literary critics, Yale University professor Harold Bloom¿s books ¿ about, variously, Shakespeare, the Bible, and the classic literature ¿ are as erudite as they are accessible.

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Hometown:
New York, New York and New Haven, Connecticut
Date of Birth:
July 11, 1930
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
B.A., Cornell University, 1951; Ph.D., Yale University, 1955

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