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Melville, Herman 1819-1891

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Most widely held works by Herman Melville
Moby Dick by Herman Melville( Book )

3,332 editions published between 1850 and 2020 in 53 languages and held by 41,322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A classic of the sea, telling of the pursuit of Moby Dick, the white whale, who defied capture
The confidence-man: his masquerade by Herman Melville( Book )

276 editions published between 1857 and 2020 in 7 languages and held by 7,434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Savage irony and black humor as Melville's Confidence-Man strips away the hypocritical pretenses of fellow passengers on a Mississippi steamboat
Typee by Herman Melville( Book )

487 editions published between 1846 and 2019 in 20 languages and held by 6,121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The young hero jumps ship with a mate and spends four months with the islanders known as Typee - the 'eaters of men.'
Billy Budd by Herman Melville( Book )

364 editions published between 1891 and 2020 in 17 languages and held by 5,093 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complete text of the novel and of the unpublished short story Billy Budd, Sailor
Moby Dick by Herman Melville( Recording )

360 editions published between 1949 and 2018 in 12 languages and held by 4,822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Captain Ahab maniacally hunts the great white whale across seven oceans
Typee, a peep at Polynesian life by Herman Melville( )

100 editions published between 1846 and 2019 in English and French and held by 3,887 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the adventures of a sailor who jumps ship at a south sea island inhabited by cannibals, a voyage around Polynesia, and a quest for an elusive beauty among the islands of a tropical archipelago
Mardi and a voyage thither by Herman Melville( Book )

210 editions published between 1849 and 2019 in 6 languages and held by 3,413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presented as narratives of his own South Sea experiences, Melville's first two books had roused incredulity in many readers. Their disbelief, he declared, had been "the main inducement" in altering his plan for his third book, Mardi: and a Voyage Thither (1849). Melville wanted to exploit the "rich poetical material" of Polynesia and also to escape feeling "irked, cramped, & fettered" by a narrative of facts. "I began to feel . . . a longing to plume my pinions for a flight," he told his English publisher. This scholarly edition aims to present a text as close to the author's intention as surviving evidence permits. Based on collations of all editions publishing during Melville's lifetime, it incorporates author corrections and many emendations made by the present editors. This edition of Mardi is an Approved Text of the Center for Editions of American Authors (Modern Language Association of America). --
Typee : a peep at Polynesian life ; Omoo : a narrative of adventures in the South Seas ; Mardi, and a voyage thither by Herman Melville( Book )

34 editions published between 1982 and 2009 in English and held by 3,223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"These three early novels are stirring romances of the South Seas; many of these fictional details resemble some of the events in Melville's own life in the early 1840s"--Jacket
Benito Cereno by Herman Melville( )

246 editions published between 1856 and 2019 in 15 languages and held by 3,216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A harrowing tale of slavery and revolt
Piazza tales by Herman Melville( Book )

149 editions published between 1856 and 2019 in 4 languages and held by 3,018 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Included are two sea tales that encompass the essence of Melville's art: "Benito Cereno", an exhilarating account of mutiny and rescue aboard a disabled slave ship, which is a parable of man's struggle against the forces of evil, and "The Encantadas", ten allegorical sketches of the Galapagos Islands, which reveal nature to be both enchanting and horrifying. Two pieces explore themes of isolation and defeat found in Melville's great novels: "Bartelby, the Scrivener", a prophetically modern story of alienation and loss on nineteenth-century Wall Street, and "The Bell Tower", a Faustian tale about a Renaissance architect who brings about his own violent destruction. The other two works reveal Melville's mastery of very different writing styles: "The Lightning-Rod Man", a satire showcasing his talent for Dickensian comedy, and "The Piazza", the title story of the collection, which anticipates the author's later absorption with poetry
Redburn, his first voyage ; white-jacket, or the world in a man-of-war ; Moby-Dick, or, the whale by Herman Melville( Book )

27 editions published between 1983 and 2012 in English and held by 2,895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Redburn is the story that relates a young man's initiation into the sailors life; White-Jacket is the story that is a semi-autobiographical account of experiences in the U.S. Navy; Moby-Dick, or the whale is the most famous of Melville's works, and tells the story of Ahab, a ship captain that has become obsessed with the hunt for the whale he has named Moby-Dick
White-jacket, or, The world in a man-of-war by Herman Melville( Book )

175 editions published between 1850 and 2019 in English and French and held by 2,730 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on Melville's experiences as a common seaman aboard the frigate USS United States from 1843 to 1844 and stories that other sailors told him, the novel is severely critical of virtually every aspect of American naval life
Israel Potter : his fifty years of exile by Herman Melville( )

66 editions published between 1855 and 2014 in English and held by 2,720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Based on the life of an actual soldier who claimed to have fought at Bunker Hill, Israel Potter is unique among Herman Melville's books: It is a novel in the guise of a biography. In telling the story of Israel Potter's fall from Revolutionary War hero to peddler on the streets of London, Melville alternated between invented scenes and historical episodes, granting cameos to such famous men of the era as Benjamin Franklin (Potter may have been his secret courier) and John Paul Jones, and providing a portrait of the American Revolution as the rollicking adventure and violent series of events that it really was." "This edition of Israel Potter, which reproduces the definitive text, includes selections from Potter's autobiography, Life and Remarkable Adventures of Israel R. Potter, the basis for Melville's novel."--BOOK JACKET
Pierre : or, The ambiguities by Herman Melville( Book )

108 editions published between 1852 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 2,446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Initially dismissed as "a dead failure" and "a bad book," and declined by Melville's British publisher, Pierre, or The Ambiguities has since struck critics as modern in its psychological probings and literary technique--fit, as Carl Van Vechten said in 1922, to be ranked with The Golden Bowl, Women in Love, and Ulysses. None of Melville's other "secondary" works has so regularly been acknowledged by its most thorough critics as a work of genuine grandeur, however flawed. --
Omoo : a narrative of adventures in the South Seas by Herman Melville( Book )

102 editions published between 1847 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 2,395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A failed mutiny lands the narrator in a Tahitian jail where he and his companion, Doctor Long Ghost, are treated with curiosity and kindness. After their eventual release, the two embark on a series of adventures as they work at odd jobs, view traditional rites and customs on the island, and contrive an audience with the Tahitian queen. Thought-provoking, humorous glimpses of a vanished 19th-century world in the South Seas
Billy Budd, sailor : (an inside narrative) by Herman Melville( Book )

52 editions published between 1962 and 2016 in English and held by 2,289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Through exhaustive study of the manuscript, the editors have evolved the definitive text of Billy Budd, Sailor, which they present here together with extensive notes and commentary." --
Billy Budd, sailor and other stories by Herman Melville( Book )

155 editions published between 1946 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 2,256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seven stories deal with a slave rebellion, an obstinate copyist, an accidental murder, a voyage to the Galapagos Islands, and a bachelors' dinner party
Redburn, his first voyage by Herman Melville( )

81 editions published between 1849 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

White-Jacket or, The world in a man- of- war; Moby-Dick or, The whale
White-jacket : or, The world in a man-of-war by Herman Melville( Book )

45 editions published between 1850 and 2017 in English and held by 2,191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Herman Melville wrote White-Jacket; or, The World in a Man-of-War during two months of intense work in the summer of 1849. He drew upon his memories of naval life, having spent fourteen months as an ordinary seaman aboard a frigate as it sailed the Pacific and made the homeward voyage around Cape Horn. Already that same summer Melville had written Redburn, and he regarded the books as "two jobs, which I have done for money--being forced to it, as other men are to sawing wood." The reviewers were not as hard on White-Jacket as Melville himself was. The English liked its praise of British seamen. The Americans were more interested in Melville's attack on naval abuses, particularly flogging, and his advocacy of humanitarian causes. Soon Melville was acclaimed the best sea writer of the day. Part autobiography, part epic fiction, White-Jacket remains a brilliantly imaginative social novel by one of the great writers of the sea. This text of the novel is an Approved Text of the Center for Editions of American Authors (Modern Language Association of America). --
Bartleby the scrivener : a story of Wall Street by Herman Melville( )

158 editions published between 1853 and 2020 in 7 languages and held by 2,185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bartleby the Scrivener (1853), by Herman Melville, tells the story of a quiet, hardworking legal copyist who works in an office in the Wall Street area of New York City. One day Bartleby declines the assignment his employer gives him with the inscrutable "I would prefer not." The utterance of this remark sets off a confounding set of actions and behavior, making the unsettling character of Bartleby one of Melville's most enigmatic and unforgettable creations
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Moby Dick
The confidence-man: his masqueradeTypeeBilly BuddMoby DickTypee, a peep at Polynesian lifeMardi and a voyage thitherTypee : a peep at Polynesian life ; Omoo : a narrative of adventures in the South Seas ; Mardi, and a voyage thitherBenito Cereno
Alternative Names
Arminius Melville

German Melvill

Herman Melville

Herman Melville American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet

Herman Melville americký pozdně romantický spisovatel a básník

Herman Melville americký prozaik, básnik a esejista

Herman Melville Amerikaans onderwijzer (1819-1891)

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Herman Melville amerikanischer Schriftsteller, Dichter und Essayist

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Herman Melville amerykański powieściopisarz, poeta i eseista

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Herman Melville novelista, contista, ensaísta e poeta estadounidense

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Herman Melville romancier, essayiste et poète américain

Herman Melville scrittore statunitense

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Герман Мелвилл американский писатель

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