Melville: His World and Work

Melville: His World and Work

by Andrew Delbanco


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Melville: His World and Work by Andrew Delbanco

Delbanco (humanities and American studies, Columbia U.) carefully traces Melville's work in the context of the space and time in which his fortunes rose and fell, largely along with those of his country and class, as he came to be a friend of those who were also great writers but too soon retired from their midst as his audience fell away, and as he struggled to somehow cope with a complex family life often struck by tragedy. Delbanco manages to accomplish this by looking into the many shadows that obscure Melville rather than passing them by, finding startling and illuminating connections amongst Melville's life, mind and work. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375403149
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/20/2005
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.62(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.52(d)

About the Author

Andrew Delbanco is the author of The Death of Satan (1995), Required Reading: Why Our American Classics Matter Now (1997), and The Real American Dream (1999), all of which were NYTBR notable books. The Puritan Ordeal (1989) won the Lionel Trilling Award from Columbia University. He has edited Writing New England (2001), The Portable Abraham Lincoln (1992), volume two of The Sermons of Ralph Waldo Emerson (with Teresa Toulouse), and, with Alan Heimert, The Puritans in America (1985). His essays appear regularly in The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The New York Times Book Review, Granta, Partisan Review, Raritan, and other journals.

In 2001 he was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2003 named New York State Scholar of the Year by the New York Council for the Humanities. He is a trustee of the National Humanities Center and the Library of America, and has served as Vice President of PEN American Center. Since 1995 he has held the Julian Clarence Levi Professor Chair in the Humanities at Columbia University.

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