Israel Potter

Israel Potter

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by Herman Melville
     
 

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'Israel Potter' is a historical novel about a soldier in the American Revolution who fought at Bunker Hill, was captured by the British and imprisoned in England, escaped, served as a spy for the American cause, was a sailor under Captain John Paul Jones, and after the war, impoverished and unable to return to his native New England, remained in London until near the

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'Israel Potter' is a historical novel about a soldier in the American Revolution who fought at Bunker Hill, was captured by the British and imprisoned in England, escaped, served as a spy for the American cause, was a sailor under Captain John Paul Jones, and after the war, impoverished and unable to return to his native New England, remained in London until near the end of his life.

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Published in 1855, Melville's fictional biography is his only historical novel. It tells the story of Israel Potter, a Revolutionary War hero and Bunker Hill survivor who ultimately ends up on the streets of London. Melville mixes fact with fiction and real characters (Ben Franklin) with invented ones.


—Michael Rogers

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781448616343
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
09/17/2009
Pages:
126
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.27(d)

Meet the Author

Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 - September 28, 1891) was an American novelist.

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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Israel Potter 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The typos are annoying he dpoes g on o
kbuckAL More than 1 year ago
Here goes! I have a B.A. in English, an M.B.A., and an M.Ed. in Language Arts; but this doesn't begin to allow me to write a serious review of one of Melville's novels. I enjoy Melville, as I've read his past year all he has published, and am willing to share my opinions as a reader. Israel Potter was written later in his career, and only before The Confidence Man and Billy Budd. I struggled to finish Confidence Man, but found Potter to be as adventuresome as Typee, Omoo, Moby Dick, etc. Better than Redburn and White Jacket, Potter exhibits some of the same storytelling tools that made Forrest Gump enjoyable - one man seems to have encountered many culturally significant events and persons. He fought at Bunker Hill, worked for Benjamin Franklin in Paris, and fought with John Paul Jones on the Bonhomme Richard. Towards the end of his stay in England, Potter chances to meet Ethan Allen as a prisoner of the British. If you like Melville, like I said, you would enjoy this book.