Herman Melville

The concluding volume of Herman Melville: A Biography confirms Hershel Parker's position as the world's leading Melville scholar, demonstrating his unrivaled biographical, literary, and historical imagination and providing a rich new ...

Herman Melville

The first volume of Hershel Parker's definitive biography of Herman Melville—a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize—closed on a mid-November day in 1851. In the dining room of the Little Red Inn in Lenox, Massachusetts, Melville had just presented an inscribed copy of his new novel, Moby-Dick, to his intimate friend, Nathaniel Hawthorne, the man to whom the work was dedicated. "Take it all in all," Parker concluded, "this was the happiest day of Melville's life." Herman Melville: A Biography, Volume 2, 1851-1891 chronicles Melville's life in rich detail, from this ecstatic moment to his death, in obscurity, forty years later. Parker describes the malignity of reviewers and sheer bad luck that doomed Moby-Dick to failure (and its author to prolonged indebtedness), the savage reviews he received for his next book Pierre, and his inability to have the novel The Isle of the Cross—now lost—published at all. Melville turned to magazine fiction, writing the now-classic "Bartleby" and "Benito Cereno," and produced a final novel, The Confidence Man, a mordant satire of American optimism. Over his last three decades, while working as a customs inspector in Manhattan, Melville painstakingly remade himself as a poet, crafting the centennial epic Clarel, in which he sorted out his complex feelings for Hawthorne, and the masterful story "Billy Budd," originally written as a prose headnote to an unfinished poem. Through prodigious archival research into hundreds of family letters and diary entries, newly discovered newspaper articles, and marginalia from books that Melville owned, Parker vividly recreates the last four decades of Melville's life, episode after episode unknown to previous biographers. The concluding volume of Herman Melville: A Biography confirms Hershel Parker's position as the world's leading Melville scholar, demonstrating his unrivaled biographical, literary, and historical imagination and providing a rich new portrait of a great—and profoundly American—artist.

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Herman Melville
Language: en
Pages: 997
Authors: Hershel Parker
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005-08-15 - Publisher: JHU Press

The first volume of Hershel Parker's definitive biography of Herman Melville—a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize—closed on a mid-November day in 1851. In the dining room of the Little Red Inn in Lenox, Massachusetts, Melville had just presented an inscribed copy of his new novel, Moby-Dick, to his intimate
Melville Biography
Language: en
Pages: 587
Authors: Hershel Parker
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012 - Publisher: Northwestern University Press

Melville Biography: An Inside Narrative is Hershel Parker’s history of the writing of Melville biographies, enriched by his intimate working relationships with great Melvilleans, dead and living. The first part is a mesmerizing autobiographical account of what went into creating his award-winning two-volume life of Herman Melville. Next, Parker traces
Melville
Language: en
Pages: 710
Authors: Laurie Robertson-Lorant
Categories: Novelists, American
Type: BOOK - Published: 1996 - Publisher: Clarkson Potter

An in-depth biography of Herman Melville draws on more than five hundred recently discovered family letters to provide a fresh perspective on the writer's complex relationships, literary endeavors, moral conflict, and turbulent, adventurous personal life. 10,000 first printing.
Melville
Language: en
Pages: 382
Authors: Edwin Haviland Miller
Categories: Authors, American
Type: BOOK - Published: 1975 - Publisher: George Braziller

In this biography, the author depicts the delicate balance between Melville's life and his creativity and examines the impact of family members upon Melville's artistic experience. The author examines Melville's family bonds--the weak father, the dominant mother, and the favored older brother--and the dramatic impact of his father's death (bankrupt
Herman Melville
Language: en
Pages: 354
Authors: Leon Howard
Categories: Authors, American
Type: BOOK - Published: 1967 - Publisher:

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