Herman Melville in Heaven

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Herman Melville in Heaven is, at first glance, the story of a boy, a lost book, and his search to recover it. In fact, Salvatore Tarnmoor's novel-called a romance by its editor, Bernard Rosenthal-is significantly more. Young Billy may be searching for a magical book, but the purpose of his lifelong quest is to discover himself, his raison d'ĂȘtre. Whether the people he meets along the way tell plausible stories is not the issue; what matters is that these encounters, rational or divine, push him closer to ...
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Overview

Herman Melville in Heaven is, at first glance, the story of a boy, a lost book, and his search to recover it. In fact, Salvatore Tarnmoor's novel-called a romance by its editor, Bernard Rosenthal-is significantly more. Young Billy may be searching for a magical book, but the purpose of his lifelong quest is to discover himself, his raison d'ĂȘtre. Whether the people he meets along the way tell plausible stories is not the issue; what matters is that these encounters, rational or divine, push him closer to understanding who he is. The transformations experienced by Billy during his journey mirror the changes of man as we search, question, filter the knowledge thrown our way, and then formulate our beliefs based on the people and ideas that influence us. In Billy's case, he struggles with the question asking what is real and what is not; that fine line between the divine and the demonic, between a finite life and immortality.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439266427
  • Publisher: BookSurge, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/2/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Rosenthal, editor of Herman Melville in Heaven, has published extensively on American literature and culture, including essays on Herman Melville. His books include City of Nature and Salem Story, and he is General Editor of Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt. Rosenthal has edited such authors as Timothy Flint, Margaret Fuller, and Francis Parkman Jr. and is a recipient of National Endowment for the Humanities awards, in support of his work.
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