Billy Budd is among the greatest of Melville's works and, in its richness and ambiguity, among the most problematic. Outwardly a compelling narrative of events aboard a British man-of-war during the turmoil of the Napoleonic Wars, Billy Budd, Sailor is a nautical recasting of the Fall, a parable of good and evil, a meditation on justice and political governance, and a searching portrait of three extraordinary men. In this edition are also eight shorter tales, reprinted from the most authoritative recent editions and are supplemented by a penetrating introduction and full notes.
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About the Author
Robert Milder is Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is editor of Critical Essays on Melville's 'Billy Budd, Sailor' and the author of Reimagining Thoreau.
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
Table of Contents
1. Bartleby, the Scrivener
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is an interesting collection. Bartleby is a wonderful conundrum; "I and My Chimney" is a bizarre but beautiful portrait. Billy Budd is a difficult tale.Melville makes wonderful observations on the individuality of people, with dry depictions that don't lose their accuracy.