Although he spent much of his career in obscurity, Herman Melville has since become known as one of America's greatest novelists, short-story writers, and poets. The author of Moby-Dick, Billy Budd, Typee, White-Jacket, "Bartleby the Scrivener," and many other classics, Melville was rediscovered in the 1920s by a new generation of writers. They saw in his work an evolving sense of modernism. Since that time, writers as diverse as Jack London, William Faulkner, Robert Penn Warren, and Norman Mailer have paid homage to Melville's poetry and prose. Herman Melville A to Z is the most comprehensive guide to his life and work. Entries examine the characters and settings of his novels and short-stories; allusions and references that inform his work; the critics and scholars who commented on his work; and Melville's friends and associates, including Fanny Kemble, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Carl is professor of English at Baruch College, The City University of New York. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He has written several biographies of prominent writers and has contributed essays to numerous reference works.
Lisa holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Toronto. She has written scholarly articles on literature for several journals and reference books. The authors live in Cape May, NJ.