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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 )

3,515 editions published between 1850 and 2021 in 54 languages and held by 42,018 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A classic of the sea, telling of the pursuit of Moby Dick, the white whale who defied capture
Typee, a peep at Polynesian life by Herman Melville( )

628 editions published between 1846 and 2020 in 22 languages and held by 10,298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the adventures of a sailor who jumps ship at a south sea island inhabited by cannibals, takes a voyage around Polynesia, and embarks on a quest for an elusive beauty among the islands of a tropical archipelago
The confidence-man: his masquerade by Herman Melville( )

271 editions published between 1857 and 2020 in 7 languages and held by 7,030 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
Israel Potter : his fifty years of exile by Herman Melville( )

213 editions published between 1855 and 2020 in 8 languages and held by 5,207 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
Moby Dick by Herman Melville( Recording )

396 editions published between 1949 and 2020 in 12 languages and held by 4,923 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Captain Ahab maniacally hunts the great white whale across seven oceans
Billy Budd by Herman Melville( )

282 editions published between 1891 and 2020 in 17 languages and held by 4,595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complete text of the novel and of the unpublished short story Billy Budd, Sailor
Mardi and a voyage thither by Herman Melville( Book )

214 editions published between 1849 and 2020 in 6 languages and held by 3,497 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). -- Amazon.com
Benito Cereno by Herman Melville( )

256 editions published between 1856 and 2019 in 15 languages and held by 3,372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A harrowing tale of slavery and revolt aboard a Spanish ship
Typee : a peep at Polynesian life ; Omoo : a narrative of adventures in the South Seas ; Mardi, and a voyage thither by Herman Melville( Book )

33 editions published between 1982 and 2009 in English and held by 3,240 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
White-jacket : or, The world in a man-of-war by Herman Melville( )

65 editions published between 1850 and 2017 in English and held by 3,150 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). -- Amazon.com
Piazza tales by Herman Melville( Book )

153 editions published between 1856 and 2020 in 4 languages and held by 3,149 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 )

24 editions published between 1983 and 2012 in English and held by 2,871 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
Omoo : a narrative of adventures in the South Seas by Herman Melville( Book )

108 editions published between 1847 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 2,335 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 )

57 editions published between 1962 and 2016 in English and French and held by 2,313 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." --
White-jacket, or, The world in a man-of-war by Herman Melville( Book )

156 editions published between 1850 and 2021 in 3 languages and held by 2,282 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
Billy Budd, sailor and other stories by Herman Melville( Book )

148 editions published between 1946 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 2,252 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( )

97 editions published between 1849 and 2021 in 3 languages and held by 2,226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

White-Jacket or, The world in a man- of- war; Moby-Dick or, The whale
Bartleby the scrivener : a story of Wall Street by Herman Melville( )

149 editions published between 1853 and 2021 in 6 languages and held by 2,157 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
Pierre, or, The ambiguities ; Israel Potter : his fifty years of exile ; The piazza tales ; The confidence-man : his masquerade ; Uncollected prose ; Billy Budd, sailor : (an inside narrative) by Herman Melville( Book )

23 editions published between 1984 and 1994 in English and held by 2,111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Pierre; or, The ambiguities by Herman Melville( Book )

108 editions published between 1852 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,994 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Kraken Edition of Pierre, or The Ambiguities is a reconstruction of the text that Melville delivered to Harper & Brothers early in January 1852, just as some of the most devastating reviews of Moby-Dick were appearing. The Harper brothers apparently decided that Pierre was even more outrageous than Moby-Dick and tried to avoid publishing it by offering Melville less than half the royalties they had paid for his previous books. Accepting the humiliating contract, Melville took a self-destructive revenge. After Book XVI, he interpolated a new section on "Young America in Literature," in which he arbitrarily announced that his hero, Pierre, had been a juvenile author. Melville proceeded to add an intrusive "Pierre as author" sub-plot, disparaging American literary life and the world of publishing, which he left unassimilated into the book he had first completed
 
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Typee, a peep at Polynesian lifeThe confidence-man: his masqueradeIsrael Potter : his fifty years of exileMoby DickBilly BuddMardi and a voyage thitherBenito CerenoTypee : a peep at Polynesian life ; Omoo : a narrative of adventures in the South Seas ; Mardi, and a voyage thither
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Arminius Melville

German Melvill

Herman Melville

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

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Herman Melville Amerikaans onderwijzer (1819-1891)

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