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Parker, Hershel

Overview
Works: 169 works in 581 publications in 1 language and 22,712 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Sea stories  Action and adventure fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sea fiction  Satire  Allegories  Poetry  Epic fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other, wst
Classifications: PS2384, 813.3
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Most widely held works by Hershel Parker
Moby Dick by Herman Melville( Book )

39 editions published between 1967 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Moby Dick (1851) is an epic tale of the conflict between man and his fate. Captain Ahab's obsessive quest to destroy the great white whale that tore off his leg leads the Pequod and its crew to disaster. Melville's extraordinary narrative defies c1assification: it teems with ideas and imagery and the passion of its author."--BOOK JACKET
Herman Melville : a biography by Hershel Parker( Book )

24 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and held by 1,559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces Melville's life from his childhood in New York, through his adventures abroad as a sailor, to his creation of "Moby-Dick," and forty years later, to his death, in obscurity
Moby-Dick : an authoritative text by Herman Melville( Book )

3 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 1,323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The young sailor Ishmael befriends a tattooed Polynesian harpooner named Queequeg, and finds himself aboard the Pequod, which is captained by the obsessive Captain Ahab. Not long after the voyage has begun, Ahab tells the crew about his secret plot to hunt down the whale that crippled him on a previous voyage, Moby Dick. The crew of the Pequod are also after as much sperm oil as their ship can carry, and the account of the crew's years-long pursuit of the White Whale is interspersed with detailed and encyclopaedic descriptions of a whaler's life
The recognition of Herman Melville; selected criticism since 1846 by Hershel Parker( Book )

20 editions published between 1967 and 1987 in English and held by 1,133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reading Melville's Pierre ; or, The ambiguities by Brian Higgins( )

12 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 955 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This engaging new study uses biographical evidence to explore Pierre, the puzzling novel that Herman Melville wrote immediately after the publication of Moby-Dick. Parker and Higgins reveal that Melville drastically altered the end of the novel after a troubling meeting with his publisher and editor about the perceived failure of Moby-Dick. Melville re-wrote Pierre's protagonist as a writer and used the novel to attack the publishing industry. Parker and Higgins' exploration into Pierre shows that this is a deeply flawed novel, but an intriguing and revealing glimpse into the mind of an Americ
Moby-Dick as Doubloon : Essays and Extracts, 1851-1970 by Hershel Parker( Book )

11 editions published in 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The confidence-man, his masquerade : an authoritative text, backgrounds and sources, reviews, criticism, an annotated bibliography by Herman Melville( Book )

16 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set on a Mississippi steamer on April Fool's Day and populated by a series of shape-shifting con men, The Confidence-Man is a challenging metaphysical and ethical exploration of antebellum American society
Reading Billy Budd by Hershel Parker( Book )

8 editions published between 1990 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 777 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Melville : the making of the poet by Hershel Parker( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""Poetry was just a sideline with Melville; it was never important to him," pronounced Alfred Kazin, in a judgment frequently echoed by critics today. In this study, Hershel Parker shows that, on the contrary, Melville was enthralled by poetry for much of his life and wrote almost nothing else for a third of a century." "Parker demonstrates that from childhood Melville was steeped in British poetry from Spenser to Byron, including dozens of poets now little read even by specialists. In 1849 Melville's ecstatic study of Shakespeare renewed his love of poetry just as he was becoming a great prose writer. Rereading Milton and Spenser, he experienced them with such recharged intensity that he became passionately immersed in Wordsworth, Tennyson, the Brownings, and other modern poets as well. Parker explores the author's marginalia, much of it previously unknown, to elucidate Melville's shrewd, skeptical engagement with British poetry and with commentaries by poets, aestheticians, art historians, and the great Scottish reviewers." "Revealed here is an unknown Melville, the autodidact who made himself a poet and who brilliantly constructed a personal aesthetic credo. Dispelling baseless claims that Melville had a quarrel with fiction after Moby-Dick (or Pierre) and that he did not, in 1860, complete a book he called Poems, Parker offers new evidence of the full trajectory of Melville's career in all its glory and frustration."--Jacket
Israel Potter : his fifty years of exile by Herman Melville( Book )

12 editions published between 1982 and 2017 in English and held by 764 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains the complete text of the Herman Melville novel, "Israel Potter--His Fifty Years of Exile" and includes a detailed account of the composition, publication, and critical history of the book
The Norton anthology of American literature( Book )

3 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 756 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With attention to selections by women writers, outstanding works of American poetry, prose, and fiction from the colonial era to the present are presented
Flawed texts and verbal icons : literary authority in American fiction by Hershel Parker( Book )

10 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mardi and a voyage thither by Herman Melville( )

16 editions published between 1968 and 2017 in English and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The travelings of an American sailor who abandons his whaling vessel to explore the South Pacific
Critical essays on Herman Melville's Moby Dick( Book )

5 editions published between 1982 and 1992 in English and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Critical essays on Herman Melville's Pierre, or, The ambiguities( Book )

4 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Herman Melville : the contemporary reviews by Brian Higgins( Book )

11 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Herman Melville: The Contemporary Reviews reprints virtually all the known contemporary reviews of Herman Melville's writings from the 1840s until his death in 1891. Many of his reviews are reprinted from hard-to-locate contemporary newspapers and periodicals. These materials document the response of the reviewers to specific worlds and share the course of Melville's nineteenth century reputation as travel writer, romancer, short-story writer, and poet
The confidence-man: his masquerade by Herman Melville( )

15 editions published between 1971 and 2017 in English and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Male, female, deft, fraudulent, constantly shifting: which of the 'masquerade' of passengers on the Mississippi steamboat Fidele is 'the confidence man'? The central motif of Melville's last and most 'modern' novel can be seen as a symbol of American cultural history
The writings by Herman Melville( Book )

5 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clarel : a poem and pilgrimage in the Holy Land by Herman Melville( )

5 editions published between 1990 and 2017 in English and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Melville's long poem 'Clarel' was the last full-length book he published. This book is one of the most complex theological explorations of faith and doubt in all of American literature, and this edition gives Melville's poem new life
Melville biography : an inside narrative by Hershel Parker( Book )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Herman Melville : a biography
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Herman Melville : a biographyMoby-Dick : an authoritative textReading Melville's Pierre ; or, The ambiguitiesThe confidence-man, his masquerade : an authoritative text, backgrounds and sources, reviews, criticism, an annotated bibliographyMelville : the making of the poetIsrael Potter : his fifty years of exileMardi and a voyage thitherHerman Melville : the contemporary reviews
Alternative Names
Hershel Parker American academic

Hershel Parker biographe

Languages
English (232)