Herman Melville


Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. He is best known for his novel Moby-Dick. His first three books gained much contemporary attention (the first, Typee, became a bestseller), but after a fast-blooming literary success in the late 1840s, his popularity declined precipitously in the mid-1850s and never recovered during his lifetime. When he died in 1891, he was almost completely forgotten. It was not until the "Melville Revival" in the early 20th century that his work won recognition, especially Moby-Dick, which was hailed as one of the literary masterpieces of both American and world literature. In 1919, the unfinished manuscript for his novella Billy Budd was discovered by his first biographer. He published a version in 1924, which was quickly acclaimed by notable British critics as another masterpiece of Melville's. He was the first writer to have his works collected and published by the Library of America.

 

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Apr122013

Moby-Dick: or The Whale

Moby-DickAuthor: Herman Melville 
Price: $0.99 (ePub Edition) 
ISBN: 978-1-935702-26-9
Published: April 19, 2013 
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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is an 1851 novel by Herman Melville. Considered to be one of the Great American Novels and a treasure of world literature, the story tells the adventures of wandering sailor Ishmael, and his voyage on the whaleship Pequod, commanded by the brooding Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab has one purpose on this voyage: to seek out and take revenge against Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white sperm whale that crippled him and destroyed his boat in a previous encounter.