Melville: His World and Work

Vintage #ad - With a historian’s perspective and a critic’s insight, letters, award-winning author Andrew Delbanco marvelously demonstrates that Melville was very much a man of his era and that he recorded — in his books, and marginalia; and in conversations with friends like Nathaniel Hawthorne and with his literary cronies in Manhattan — an incomparable chapter of American history.

Melville: His World and Work #ad - From the bawdy storytelling of typee to the spiritual preoccupations building up to and beyond Moby Dick, Delbanco brilliantly illuminates Melville’s life and work, and his crucial role as a man of American letters. If dickens was nineteenth-century London personified, Herman Melville was the quintessential American.


Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life

#ad #ad - Typee: a peep at polynesian Life" was Herman Melville's first novel. One of melville's most popular works during his lifetime, "Typee" gives the reader a captivating look into the cultures and traditions of the natives living in the islands of the South Pacific. A romanticized travelogue of the pacific island paradise Nuku Hiva, "Typee" is the story of Tommo, a Yankee sailor and his four month stay on the island.

Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life #ad - Originally published in 1846, "typee" was partially based on Melville's own experiences as a beachcomber in the South Pacific Marquesas Islands.


The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America's Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War

Penguin Books #ad - It divided not only the american nation, but also the hearts and minds of Americans who struggled with the timeless problem of when to submit to an unjust law and when to resist. The fugitive slave story illuminates what brought us to war with ourselves and the terrible legacies of slavery that are with us still.

Fugitive slaves exposed the contradiction between the myth that slavery was a benign institution and the reality that a nation based on the principle of human equality was in fact a prison-house in which millions of Americans had no rights at all. Stunning. Ta-nehisi coatesthe devastating story of how fugitive slaves drove the nation to Civil WarFor decades after its founding, America was really two nations--one slave, one free.

. A new york times notable book selection winner of the mark Lynton History Prize Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book AwardA New York Times Critics' Best Book "Excellent. Like so many political compromises before and since, it was a deal by which white Americans tried to advance their interests at the expense of black Americans.

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Call Me Ishmael

Valmy Publishing #ad - Passionate in his poetry, Olson was no less passionate in his reading of Melville. First published in 1947, this acknowledged classic of American literary criticism explores the influences—especially Shakespearean ones—on Melville’s writing of Moby-Dick. Impatient with what he regarded as traditional forms of literary criticism, original, Olson engaged his own creativity to write a book as robust, and compelling as Melville’s masterpiece.

Not only important, but apocalyptic. New york herald tribune“one of the most stimulating essays ever written on Moby-Dick, and for that matter on any piece of literature, and the forces behind it. San francisco chronicle“olson has been a tireless student of Melville and every Melville lover owes him a debt for his Scotland Yard pertinacity in getting on the trail of Melville’s dispersed library.

Call Me Ishmael #ad - Lewis mumford, often brilliantly, New York Times“Records, one way of taking the most extraordinary of American books. W. E. Bezanson, new england quarterly“the most important contribution to Melville criticism since Raymond Weaver’s pioneering contribution in 1921. George mayberry, New Republic. One of the first melvilleans to advance what has since become known as the “theory of the two moby-dicks, and “it may not, except incidentally, ” writes Olson, and that Melville’s reading King Lear for the first time in between the first and second versions of the book had a profound impact on his conception of the saga: “the first book did not contain Ahab, ” Olson argues that there were two versions of Moby-Dick, have contained Moby-Dick.

If literary critics and reviewers at the time responded with varying degrees of skepticism to the “theory of the two Moby-Dicks, ” it was the experimental style and organization of the book that generated the most controversy.


Moby-Dick Dover Thrift Editions

Dover Publications #ad - Much of moby dick was inspired by the 1821 work narratives of the Wreck of the Whale-Ship Essex, which in turn inspired the 2015 movie In the Heart of the Sea, directed by Ron Howard and starring Chris Hemsworth. Interspersed with graphic sketches of life aboard a whaling vessel, and a wealth of information on whales and 19th-century whaling, Melville's greatest work presents an imaginative and thrilling picture of life at sea, as well as a portrait of heroic determination.

In telling the tale of ahab's passion for revenge and the fateful voyage that ensued, Melville produced far more than the narrative of a hair-raising journey; Moby-Dick is a tale for the ages that sounds the deepest depths of the human soul. The author's keen powers of observation and firsthand knowledge of shipboard life he served aboard a whaler himself were key ingredients in crafting a maritime story that dramatically examines the conflict between man and nature.

Moby-Dick Dover Thrift Editions #ad - . A valuable addition to the literature of the day, " said american journalist Horace Greeley on the publication of Moby-Dick in 1851 — a classic piece of understatement about a literary classic now considered by many as "the great American novel. Read and pondered by generations, the novel remains an unsurpassed account of the ultimate human struggle against the indifference of nature and the awful power of fate.

A masterpiece of storytelling, this epic saga pits Ahab, a brooding and fantastical sea captain, against the great white whale that crippled him.


The Confidence-Man

HarperPerennial Classics #ad - Set on the eve of the civil war, as the frontier rapidly expands and native americans are driven to near-extinction, Melville’s narrative poses the question: “In which institution does one place one’s faith?”A satire on the works of Manifest Destiny, The Confidence-Man was Herman Melville’s last novel before he retired from writing.

The Confidence-Man #ad - Harperperennial classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library. As the mississippi carries them down river, everyone is selling something: quack remedies; stock in a mining company about to fail; a fraudulent charity for widows and orphans.

. In herman melville’s the confidence-man: His Masquerade, a group of steamboat passengers paddle to New Orleans on April Fool’s Day.


Billy Budd, Bartleby, and Other Stories Penguin Classics Edition

Penguin Classics #ad - This penguin classics edition features the Reading Text of Billy Budd, Sailor, as edited from a genetic study of the manuscript by Harrison Hayford and Merton M. In these stories, and globalism in america, class, capitalism, Melville cuts to the heart of race, deftly navigating political and social issues that resonate as clearly in our time as they did in Melville’s.

A new, and profound beauty   though best-known for his epic masterpiece Moby-Dick, definitive edition of Herman Melville’s virtuosic short stories—American classics wrought with scorching fury, grim humor, Herman Melville also left a body of short stories arguably unmatched in American fiction. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Billy Budd, Bartleby, and Other Stories Penguin Classics Edition #ad - In the sorrowful tragedy of billy budd, sailor; the controlled rage of Benito Cereno; and the tantalizing enigma of Bartleby, the Scrivener; Melville reveals himself as a singular storyteller of tremendous range and compelling power. Sealts, Jr. And the authoritative Northwestern-Newberry text of The Piazza Tales.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. Also including the piazza tales in full, this collection demonstrates why Melville stands not only among the greatest writers of the nineteenth century, but also as one of our greatest contemporaries.

With more than 1, 500 titles, penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.


The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope The William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in the History of American Civilization Book 11

Harvard University Press #ad - He describes the falling away of this God and the rise of the idea of a sacred nation-state. In a time of cultural crisis, when the old stories seem to be faltering, this book offers a lesson in the painstaking remaking of the American dream. And, he speaks of our own moment, finally, when symbols of nationalism are in decline, leaving us with nothing to satisfy the longing for transcendence once sustained by God and nation.

It shows how americans have organized their days and ordered their lives--and ultimately created a culture--to make sense of the pain, pleasure, desire, and fear that are the stuff of human experience. Since we discovered that, "the incomplete joys of this world will never satisfy the heart, in Tocqueville's words, " how have we Americans made do? In The Real American Dream one of the nation's premier literary scholars searches out the symbols and stories by which Americans have reached for something beyond worldly desire.

The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope The William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in the History of American Civilization Book 11 #ad - From the christian story that expressed the earliest Puritan yearnings to New Age spirituality, apocalyptic environmentalism, and the multicultural search for ancestral roots that divert our own, The Real American Dream evokes the tidal rhythm of American history. A spiritual history ranging from the first English settlements to the present day, the book is also a lively, deeply learned meditation on hope.

Andrew delbanco tells of the stringent God of Protestant Christianity, institutions, who exerted immense force over the language, and customs of the culture for nearly 200 years.


The Piazza Tales AmazonClassics Edition

AmazonClassics #ad - Included here is “bartleby, ” the dark tale of a wall street clerk who possesses a confounding and disarmingly passive insubordination; and “Benito Cereno, ” in which the captain of a whaler boards a tattered Spanish slave ship in South America only to be drawn into an intricately plotted mutiny.

Exposing the catastrophes of ambition, deception, and alienation, The Piazza Tales is a wide-ranging display of the author’s storytelling genius and dazzling mastery of styles. Amazonclassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to read a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature’s most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds.

The Piazza Tales AmazonClassics Edition #ad - Revised edition: previously published as The Piazza Tales, this edition of The Piazza Tales AmazonClassics Edition includes editorial revisions. With disparate settings such as a massachusetts farmhouse and the strange volcanic clime of the Enchanted Isles, this six-story anthology features some of Herman Melville’s most exceptional works.


Melville in Love: The Secret Life of Herman Melville and the Muse of Moby-Dick

Ecco #ad - Because he was neglected by academics for so long, and because he made little effort to preserve his legacy, we know very little about Melville, and even less about what he called his “wicked book. Scholars still puzzle over what drove Melville to invent Captain Ahab's mad pursuit of the great white whale.

In melville in love pulitzer prize-finalist michael shelden sheds light on this literary mystery to tell a story of Melville’s passionate, and clandestine affair with a married woman named Sarah Morewood, obsessive, whose libertine impulses encouraged and sustained Melville’s own. A new account of herman melville and the writing of moby-dick, written by a Pulitzer  Prize finalist in Biography and based on fresh archival research, which reveals that the anarchic spirit animating Melville’s canonical work was inspired by his great love affair with a shockingly unconventional married woman.

Melville in Love: The Secret Life of Herman Melville and the Muse of Moby-Dick #ad - Herman melville’s epic novel, was a spectacular failure when it was published in 1851, Moby-Dick, effectively ending its author’s rise to literary fame. Oliver wendell holmes and nathaniel hawthorne—Melville found the courage to take the leap from light works of adventure to the hugely brilliant, utterly subversive Moby-Dick.

Filled with the rich detail and immense drama of Melville’s secret life, Melville in Love tells the gripping story of how one of our greatest novelists found his muse. In his research, shelden discovered unexplored documents suggesting that, in their shared resistance to the “iron rule” of social conformity, Sarah and Melville had forged an illicit and enduring romantic and intellectual bond.

. Emboldened by the thrill of courting Sarah in secret, the pleasure of falling in love, and the excitement of spending time with literary luminaries—like Dr.


The Divine Magnet: Herman Melville's Letters to Nathaniel Hawthorne

Orison Books #ad - Lyrical and effusive, they are literary works in themselves. If you don't know melville's letters to Hawthorne, you don't know Melville. The divine magnet will provide the general literary public as well as the college classroom with a reliable and beautifully produced volume of Melville's letters to Hawthorne, along with supplemental material, highlighting the relationship between these luminaries of American letters.

This correspondence has been out of print for decades, and even when it was in print it appeared in scholarly volumes of Melville's complete correspondence, aimed at the academy. These letters are full of passion, doubt, humor, and spiritual yearning, and offer an intimate view of Melville's personality.