Israel Potter: His Fifty Year of Exile, Volume Eight, Scholarly Edition available in Hardcover
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- Northwestern University Press
Unique among Melville's works, Israel Potter was the author's only historical novel, presuming to offer the life history of Revolutionary War figure Israel Potterbased on Potter's own obscure narrative Life and Remarkable Adventures of Israel R. Potterand featuring characters such as Benjamin Franklin and Ethan Allen. In offering the manuscript to his publisher, Melville assured him, "I engage that the story shall contain nothing of any sort to shock the fastidious. There will be very little reflective writing in it; nothing weighty. It is adventure." This came as a relief, for his previous novel, Pierre, had shocked readers and brought down universal castigation.
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About 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.
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
Chapter 1. The Birthplace of IsraelChapter 2. The Youthful Adventures of IsraelChapter 3. Israel Goes to the Wars; and Reaching Bunker Hill in Time to Be of Service There, Soon After Is Forced to Extend His Travels across the Sea into the Enemy's LandChapter 4. Further Wanderings of the Refugee, with Some Account of a Good Knight of Brentford Who Befriended HimChapter 5. Israel in the Lion's DenChapter 6. Israel Makes the Acquaintance of Certain Secret Friends of America, One of Them Being the Famous Author of the "Diversions of Purley." These Dispatch Him on a Sly Errand across the ChannelChapter 7. After a Curious Adventure upon the Pont Neuf, Israel Enters the Presence of the Renowned Sage, Dr. Franklin, Whom He Finds Right Learnedly and Multifariously EmployedChapter 8. Which Has Something to Say about Dr. Franklin and the Latin QuarterChapter 9. Israel Is Initiated into the Mysteries of Lodging-houses in the Latin QuarterChapter 10. Another Adventurer Appears upon the Scene\Chapter 11. Paul Jones in a ReverieChapter 12. Recrossing the Channel, Israel Returns to the Squire's AbodeHis Adventures ThereChapter 13. His Escape from the House, with Various Adventures FollowingChapter 14. In Which Israel Is Sailor under Two Flags, and in Three Ships, and All in One NightChapter 15. They Sail as Far as the Crag of AilsaChapter 16. They Look in at Carrickfergus, and Descend on White-havenChapter 17. They Call at the Earl of Selkirk's; and Afterwards Fight the Ship-of-war DrakeChapter 18. The Expedition That Sailed from GroixChapter 19. They Fight the SerapisChapter 20. The ShuttleChapter 21. Samson among the PhilistinesChapter 22. Something Further of Ethan Allen; with Israel's Flight Towards the WildernessChapter 23. Israel in EgyptChapter 24. In the City of DisChapter 25. Forty-five YearsChapter 26. Requiescat in PaceEditorial Appendix. Historical Note by Walter E. BezansonTextual Record by the editorsRelated Document by R. D. Madison