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Tanselle, G. Thomas (George Thomas) 1934-

Works: 235 works in 689 publications in 3 languages and 21,822 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Sea stories  Psychological fiction  Sea fiction  Action and adventure fiction  Allegories  Autobiographical fiction  Naval history  Satire  Epic fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Annotator, Other, ed
Classifications: PS2384, 813.3
Publication Timeline
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 )

18 editions published between 1982 and 1995 in English and held by 3,177 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 )

17 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 2,884 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 )

20 editions published between 1988 and 2017 in English and held by 1,396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Moby Dick Melville set out to write a "mighty book" on "a mighty theme." The editors of this critical text affirm that he succeeded. Nevertheless, their prolonged examination of the novel reveals textual flaws and anomalies that help to explain Melville's fears that his great work was in some ways a hash or a botch. A lengthy historical note also gives a fresh account of Melville's earlier literary career and his working conditions as he wrote; it also analyzes the book's contemporary reception and outlines how it finally achieved fame. Other sections review theories of the book's genesis, detail the circumstances of its publication, and present documents closely relating to the story. --
Royall Tyler by G. Thomas Tanselle( Book )

17 editions published between 1966 and 2014 in English and German and held by 926 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( )

22 editions published between 1989 and 2012 in English and Czech and held by 902 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 )

13 editions published between 1982 and 2017 in English and held by 760 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 713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

6 editions published between 1987 and 2017 in English and held by 687 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
Typee, a peep at Polynesian life by Herman Melville( )

10 editions published between 1968 and 2003 in English and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: Almost from the time of its publication in 1846, Melville's first book, based on his own travels in the South Seas, has been recognized as a classic in the literature of travel and adventure. Although initially rejected as too fantastic to be true, Typee was immensely popular and regarded in Melville's lifetime as his best work. It established his reputation as the literary discoverer of the South Seas and inspired the likes of Jack London and Robert Louis Stevenson. Two common sailors jump ship and are held in benign captivity by Polynesian natives. Through the narrator's eyes we see a literate (if romanticized) portrait of the people and their culture presented in vivid, even scientific, detail. Melville's racy style and irreverence toward Christian missionaries caused a scandal, and critics denounced the narrator's suggestion that the native life might be superior to that of modern civilization. An adventure story above all, albeit one with a philosophical bent, Typee is a combination of elements that even early in Melville's career hinted at the towering ambition he would fulfill with Moby-Dick
White-jacket : or, The world in a man-of-war by Herman Melville( )

9 editions published between 1970 and 2017 in English and held by 499 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). --
Mardi and a voyage thither by Herman Melville( )

15 editions published between 1968 and 2017 in English and held by 475 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 )

22 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in English and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The writings by Herman Melville( Book )

5 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

11 editions published between 1984 and 2017 in English and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Long considered Melville's strangest novel, The Confidence-Man is a comic allegory aimed at the optimism and materialism of mid-nineteenth century America. A shape-shifting Confidence-Man approaches passengers on a Mississippi River steamboat and, winning over his not-quite-innocent victims with his charms, urges each to trust in the cosmos, in nature, and even in human nature--with predictable results. Satiric and socially acute, The Confidence-Man represented a departure for Melville. Yet it confused and angered reviewers who preferred to pigeonhole him as an adventure writer. Some have argued the book was a joke on his readers, but if so, it backfired. Dismissed by critics as unreadable, and a financial disaster, the novel's reception undermined Melville's belief in his ability to make a living writing works both popular and profound and he soon gave up fiction. Twentieth century critics, however, came to praise the book's wit, stunning modern technique, and wry view that life may be just a cosmic con game. -- Publisher
Clarel : a poem and pilgrimage in the Holy Land by Herman Melville( )

4 editions published between 1991 and 2017 in English and held by 425 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
Pierre : or, the ambiguities by Herman Melville( )

2 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Book-jackets : their history, forms, and use by G. Thomas Tanselle( Book )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 377 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 G. Thomas Tanselle( Book )

17 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 371 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( )

2 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Redburn, his first voyage; being the sailor-boy confessions and reminiscences of the son-of-a-gentleman, in the merchant service by Herman Melville( )

6 editions published between 1969 and 1970 in English and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Redburn charts the coming-of-age of Wellingborough Redburn, a young innocent who embarks on a crossing to Liverpool together with a roguish crew. Once in Liverpool, Redburn encounters the squalid conditions of the city and meets Harry Bolton, a bereft and damaged soul, who takes him on a tour of London that includes a scene of rococo decadence
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Typee : a peep at Polynesian life ; Omoo : a narrative of adventures in the South Seas ; Mardi, and a voyage thither
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, 1839-1860Typee, a peep at Polynesian lifeWhite-jacket : or, The world in a man-of-war
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-

English (248)

Czech (2)

German (1)