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Tanselle, G. Thomas (George Thomas) 1934-

Overview
Works: 229 works in 664 publications in 4 languages and 21,607 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Sea stories  Sea fiction  Action and adventure fiction  Allegories  Satire  Fictional autobiographies  Poetry  Epic fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Annotator, ed
Classifications: PS2384, 813.3
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by G. Thomas Tanselle
Typee : a peep at Polynesian life ; Omoo : a narrative of adventures in the South Seas ; Mardi, and a voyage thither by Herman Melville( Book )

17 editions published between 1982 and 1995 in English and held by 3,176 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
Redburn, his first voyage ; White-jacket, or, The world in a man-of-war ; Moby-Dick, or, The whale by Herman Melville( Book )

16 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 2,887 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reburn 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 obessed with the hunt for the whale he has named Moby-Dick
Moby Dick by Herman Melville( Book )

19 editions published between 1988 and 2017 in English and held by 1,393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This edition of Moby-Dick, released in honor of the book's sesquicentennial, is the authoritative text of one of the world's great adventure stories. A crew of whalers sets out in pursuit of a fierce white whale that cost their captain his leg on a previous expedition. Their names ring through the canon of American literature: Ishmael, the narrator; Queequeg, a South Seas harpooner; Starbuck, the sober and serious chief mate; and above all Captain Ahab, part Faust and part Job, leading his men to the ends of the earth - and the destiny he will share with his foe." "Melville was heavily influenced and inspired by his experiences as a young cabin boy on the whaler Acushnet and later in the U. S. Navy sailing the Atlantic and the South Seas. His novel Typee and its sequel, Omoo, are accounts of his capture and subsequent captivity at the hands of a tribe of cannibals in the South Pacific Marquesas Islands. Both works were highly successful, and thus the lukewarm reaction to Moby-Dick upon its release in 1851 was a blow to Melville, who had set out to write a "mighty book" on a "mighty theme." It was not until the 1920s that Moby-Dick began to receive the critical attention it deserved. Today Moby-Dick is recognized as one of the premier American epics and indeed the ultimate tale of obsession and revenge." "This text of Moby-Dick is an Approved Text of the Center for Scholarly Editions (Modern Language Association of America)."--BOOK JACKET
Royall Tyler by G. Thomas Tanselle( Book )

15 editions published between 1966 and 2014 in English and German and held by 922 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biographical note: TanselleG. Thomas: G. Thomas Tanselle is Professor of English, the University of Wisconsin
A rationale of textual criticism by G. Thomas Tanselle( Book )

22 editions published between 1989 and 2012 in English and Czech and held by 802 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Textual criticism - the traditional term for the task of evaluating the authority of the words and punctuation of a text-is often considered an undertaking preliminary to literary criticism: many people believe that the job of textual critics is to provide reliable texts for literary critics to analyze. G. Thomas Tanselle argues, on the contrary, that the two activities cannot be separated. The textual critic, in choosing among textual variants and correcting what appear to be textual errors, inevitably exercises critical judgment and reflects a particular point of view toward the nature of literature. And the literary critic, in interpreting the meaning of a work or passage, needs to be (though rarely is) critical of the makeup of every text of it, including those produced by scholarly editors
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
Guide to the study of United States imprints by G. Thomas Tanselle( Book )

11 editions published in 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The piazza tales : and other prose pieces, 1839-1860 by Herman Melville( Book )

5 editions published between 1987 and 2017 in English and held by 686 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
Mardi and a voyage thither by Herman Melville( )

15 editions published between 1968 and 2017 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The travelings of an American sailor who abandons his whaling vessel to explore the South Pacific
Textual criticism and scholarly editing by G. Thomas Tanselle( Book )

21 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The writings by Herman Melville( Book )

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

The confidence-man: his masquerade by Herman Melville( )

9 editions published between 1984 and 2017 in English and held by 425 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
Clarel : a poem and pilgrimage in the Holy Land by Herman Melville( )

3 editions published between 1991 and 2017 in English and held by 410 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
Book-jackets : their history, forms, and use by G. Thomas Tanselle( Book )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The present work offers a concise history both of publishers' detachable book coverings (primarily British and American) and of the attention they have received from scholars, dealers, collectors, and librarians. It also surveys their use by publishers (as protective devices and advertising media) and their usefulness to scholars of literature, art, and book history (as sources for biography, bibliography, cultural analysis, and the development of graphic design)
Bibliographical analysis : a historical introduction by George Thomas Tanselle( Book )

17 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studying printed books as physical objects can reveal not only how books were produced, but also how their design and layout features emerged and came to convey meanings. This concise and accessible introduction to analytical bibliography in its historical context explains in clear, non-specialist language how to find and analyze clues about a book's manufacture and how to examine the significance of a book's design. Written by one of the most eminent bibliographical and textual scholars working today, the book is both a practical guide to bibliographical research and a history of bibliography as a developing field of study. For all who use books, this is an ideal starting point for learning how to read the object along with the words
Omoo : a narrative of adventures in the South Seas by Herman Melville( )

5 editions published between 1968 and 1986 in English and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Literature and artifacts by George Thomas Tanselle( Book )

17 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and Italian and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fifteen essays collected here form a series of variations on a theme, exploring the interconnections between verbal works and the physical objects--primarily manuscripts and printed books--that transmit them. Verbal works may be intangible, but they generally come to us tied to objects; and the study of such works therefore cannot be separated from the study of artifacts. The aim of this book is to examine the theory that underlies this observation and the practical implications that follow from it
Typee, Omoo, Mardi by Herman Melville( Book )

2 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Typee: a peep at Polynesian life; Omoo: a narrative of adventures in the South Sea ; Mardi: and a voyage thither
The pleasures of being a scholar-collector : Robert L. Nikirk lecture, 2005 by G. Thomas Tanselle( Book )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Redburn ; White-Jacket ; Moby-Dick by Herman Melville( Book )

3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Redburn: His first voyage; White-Jacket: or The world in a man-of-war; Moby-Dick: or, The Whale
 
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Typee : a peep at Polynesian life ; Omoo : a narrative of adventures in the South Seas ; Mardi, and a voyage thither Typee, Omoo, Mardi
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Redburn, his first voyage ; White-jacket, or, The world in a man-of-war ; Moby-Dick, or, The whaleMoby DickA rationale of textual criticismIsrael Potter : his fifty years of exileGuide to the study of United States imprintsThe piazza tales : and other prose pieces, 1839-1860Mardi and a voyage thitherThe writings
Alternative Names
George Thomas Tanselle

Tanselle, G. T. 1934-

Tanselle, G. Thomas

Tanselle, G. Thomas 1934-

Tanselle, George T. 1934-

Tanselle, George Thomas.

Tanselle, George Thomas 1934-

Languages
English (226)

Italian (4)

Czech (2)

German (1)