White Jacket or The World in a Man of War

White Jacket or The World in a Man of War

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by Herman Melville
     
 

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Long before penning Moby-Dick, which many regard as the quintessential American novel, author Herman Melville was captivated by life on the open sea. White Jacket adopts a different perspective, focusing on the brutal treatment that many sailors received at the hands of their superiors. In particular, it has been noted that this novel proved to be

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Long before penning Moby-Dick, which many regard as the quintessential American novel, author Herman Melville was captivated by life on the open sea. White Jacket adopts a different perspective, focusing on the brutal treatment that many sailors received at the hands of their superiors. In particular, it has been noted that this novel proved to be instrumental in banning the practice of flogging in several branches of the U.S. military.

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"It's terrific to see this in print again, and with a useful appendix as well."—Charles Npravnik, State University of New York at Brockport

"An unusually attractive edition, from the cover design to the print and the generous margins. The author chronology, bibliography, and explanatory notes are all helpful. I also like the size and the feel of this edition."—Donald Coen, Sam Houston State University

"Delighted to have a moderately priced, well annotated edition available again."—Marvin Fisher, Arizona State University

"Excellent! Good, clear type—a much needed new edition."—George F. Day, University of North Iowa

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781775452218
Publisher:
The Floating Press
Publication date:
04/01/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
632 KB

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Meet the Author

Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. He is best known for his novel Moby-Dick. His first three books gained much contemporary attention (the first, Typee, becoming a bestseller), and after a fast-blooming literary success in the late 1840s, his popularity declined precipitously in the mid-1850s and never recovered during his lifetime. When he died in 1891, he was almost completely forgotten. It was not until the "Melville Revival" in the early 20th century that his work won recognition, especially Moby-Dick, which was hailed as one of the literary masterpieces of both American and world literature. He was the first writer to have his works collected and published by the Library of America.

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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White-jacket, or, The world in a man-of-war 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Mike0301 More than 1 year ago
Read this before Moby Dick to understand what the sailor's life was like aboard ships of that era.