Herman Melville: Seven Novels (Library of Essential Writers)
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Herman Melville: Seven Novels (Library of Essential Writers)

by Herman Melville, Tommy Jenkins
     
 

In Herman Melville’s tales of the sea, powerful dramas that explore the human condition unfold against exotic backdrops rich with local color and authentic historical detail. Melville’s source materials were his own adventures as a sailor, and the sights he witnessed firsthand on his voyages to the South Seas. He universalized these personal

Overview

In Herman Melville’s tales of the sea, powerful dramas that explore the human condition unfold against exotic backdrops rich with local color and authentic historical detail. Melville’s source materials were his own adventures as a sailor, and the sights he witnessed firsthand on his voyages to the South Seas. He universalized these personal experiences, mixing them with lore and legendry and lacing his everyday accounts of the sailing life with provocative metaphysical and philosophical insights.

This omnibus collects all of Melville’s seafaring novels, including Typee, Omoo, Mardi, Redburn, White-Jacket, and Moby-Dick, a landmark of American literature that D.H. Lawrence praised as “a surpassingly beautiful book.” In addition, it includes the short novel Billy Budd, Sailor first published thirty-three years after Melville’s death.

Herman Melville: Seven Novels is part of Barnes & Noble’s Library of Essential Writers. Each title in the series presents the finest works—complete and unabridged—from one of the greatest writers in literature in magnificent, elegantly designed hardback editions. Every volume also includes an original introduction that provides the reader with enlightening information on the writer’s life and works.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760790212
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
10/18/2008
Series:
Library of Essential Writers Series
Edition description:
Complete and Unabridged
Pages:
1442
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 2.60(d)

Meet the Author

Herman Melville (1819­-1891) was born in New York City and raised in upstate New York. After holding several clerical and teaching jobs, he shipped out on a Pacific-bound whaling ship in 1841. Melville’s experiences as a sailor served as raw material for the fiction he began writing in 1845. His first five novels—Typee (1846), Omoo (1847), Mardi (1849), Redburn (1849), and White-Jacket (1850)—all featured colorful accounts of foreign travel and seagoing adventure punctuated with provocative commentary on the harshness of the sailor’s life. Melville’s increasingly bold experimentation with theme and narrative form is best exemplified by Moby-Dick (1851). The novel is recognized today as a landmark of literature and one of the most important works produced by an American writer. Poor sales of his next three novels—Pierre (1852), Israel Potter (1855), and The Confidence Man (1857)—convinced Melville to give up writing fiction and concentrate on poetry. He collected most of his short fiction in The Piazza Tales (1856) and much of his verse in Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War (1866). Melville served as a customs inspector in New York City from 1866 to 1885. His last work of fiction, Billy Budd, Sailor, was published posthumously.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
August 1, 1819
Date of Death:
September 28, 1891
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Place of Death:
New York, New York
Education:
Attended the Albany Academy in Albany, New York, until age 15

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