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Herman Melville
     

Herman Melville

by Robert Wernick
 
More and more readers, and droves of scholars, are turning to the pages of Moby Dick and other masterpieces by Herman Melville for an excursion into the world of the great American novel. But in his own era, New Englander Melville, whose real-life adventures were the source for his spellbinding fiction, found that adulation eluded him. He had a bestseller in his first

Overview

More and more readers, and droves of scholars, are turning to the pages of Moby Dick and other masterpieces by Herman Melville for an excursion into the world of the great American novel. But in his own era, New Englander Melville, whose real-life adventures were the source for his spellbinding fiction, found that adulation eluded him. He had a bestseller in his first novel, Typee, at age twenty-seven. But by the time he was thirty, in 1850, he was sitting at his desk in the Berkshires, writing Moby Dick as a man possessed. The novel didn't attract a substantial readership, and Melville lived out the rest of his days in obscurity. His reputation began to be revived in the 1920s. Today, his audience is huge and interest in the life and times of an America icon is burgeoning. Here, in this essay by award-winning journalist Robert Wernick, is his life story.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940014181143
Publisher:
New Word City, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2017
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
24
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Salvador Dali once called him the stupidest man in the world; Cary Grant described him as the smartest. New York Times bestselling author Robert Wernick is certainly talented. He has penned more than a dozen books and has contributed to a host of magazines, ranging from Life to Vanity Fair. His topics are as varied as the birth of town planning in the Mesolithic Age to a soul-baring Ferris-wheel ride with Marilyn Monroe to a climb up Mount Sinai.

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