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Billy Budd, Sailor has been called the best short novel ever written. In his brilliantly condensed prose, Herman Melville fashions a legal parable in which reason and intellect prove incapable of preserving innocence in the face of evil. For all those who feel themselves threatened by a hostile and inflexible environment, there is special significance in this haunting story of a handsome sailor who becomes a victim of man’s intransigence.
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|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Series:||Enriched Classics Series|
|Edition description:||Enriched Classic|
|Product dimensions:||4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Herman Melville was born in 1819 in New York City. After his father's death he left school for a series of clerical jobs before going to sea as a young man of nineteen. At twenty-one he shipped aboard the whaler Acushnet and began a series of adventures in the South Seas that would last for three years and form the basis for his first two novels, Typee and Omoo. Although these two novels sold well and gained for Melville a measure of fame, nineteenth-century readers were puzzled by the experiments with form that he began with his third novel, Mardi, and continued brilliantly in his masterpiece, Moby-Dick. During his later years spent working as a customs inspector on the New York docks, Melville published only poems, compiled in a collection entitled Battle-Pieces, and died in 1891 with Billy Budd, Sailor, now considered a classic, still unpublished.
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Before asking students to tackle 'Moby Dick,' we assign 'Billy Budd' as part of the freshman high school curriculum. This novella is true to Melville's style: not always easy reading, but enormously rewarding. The drama unfolds with the digressions and character analysis which those who love Melville relish and those who do not find annoying. This reader is solidly in the former group. Melville's digressions are chatty and informative, yet --in so many ways-- they add to the tone and enhance reader's understanding of the context of the action of the novel. Melville makes it so easy to imagine a salty, old, sea-dog, ruminating as he smokes his pipe and tells his story. This edition has much to recommend it. There is en extended reader's supplement which contains biographical information on the author, explanations of the nautical, military and naval terms and clarification of the biblical, mythological and historical allusions which fill its few pages. A good follow-up to the novella is viewing the film with Peter Ustinov as Captain Vere and Terrence Stamp as the title character. The opera by Benjamin Britten also follows the book very closely and is available on cd and in video. This book makes a good first introduction to Melville, and this edition is excellent.
The only reason I read this was because I was forced to by my English teacher, and for what reason, I don't know. It is tediously boring, and he continually makes a point of going off on naval history that has no real concrete relavence to the story line, which is the weakest I've ever seen. Even though it's 95 pages, it felt like 500.