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Parker, Hershel

Overview
Works: 131 works in 462 publications in 2 languages and 22,730 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Sea stories  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Satire  Naval history  Adventure stories  Psychological fiction  History  Biography  Allegories 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other, Compiler
Classifications: PS2384, 813.3
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Hershel Parker
Herman Melville : a biography by Hershel Parker( Book )

12 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and held by 1,520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces Melville's life from his childhood in New York, through his adventures abroad as a sailor, to his creation of "Moby-Dick," and forty years later, to his death, in obscurity
Moby-Dick : an authoritative text by Herman Melville( Book )

18 editions published between 1967 and 1972 in English and held by 1,452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The confidence-man, his masquerade : an authoritative text, backgrounds and sources, reviews, criticism, an annotated bibliography by Herman Melville( Book )

33 editions published between 1971 and 2006 in English and held by 1,190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the authoritative text of Herman Melville's classic work "The Confidence Man;" and contains textual and explanatory notes, contemporary reviews and critical essays, and biographical overviews
The recognition of Herman Melville; selected criticism since 1846 by Hershel Parker( Book )

15 editions published between 1967 and 1987 in English and held by 1,153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moby-Dick as Doubloon : Essays and Extracts, 1851-1970 by Hershel Parker( Book )

9 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 917 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Norton anthology of American literature( Book )

1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With attention to selections by women writers, outstanding works of American poetry, prose, and fiction from the colonial era to the present are presented
Israel Potter : his fifty years of exile by Herman Melville( Book )

10 editions published between 1982 and 1997 in English and held by 779 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Soldier, sailor, prisoner of war, and spy, Israel Potter's lively career leads to encounters with historic figures such as Ben Franklin, John Paul Jones, and George III. Based on the memoirs of a Revolutionary War veteran, this novel was acclaimed by The Village Voice as "hilarious, tender, expressive." This edition also includes Potter's autobiography, The Life and Remarkable Adventures of Israel R. Potter."--
Reading Billy Budd by Hershel Parker( Book )

6 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 776 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Melville : the making of the poet by Hershel Parker( Book )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 747 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""Poetry was just a sideline with Melville; it was never important to him," pronounced Alfred Kazin, in a judgment frequently echoed by critics today. In this study, Hershel Parker shows that, on the contrary, Melville was enthralled by poetry for much of his life and wrote almost nothing else for a third of a century." "Parker demonstrates that from childhood Melville was steeped in British poetry from Spenser to Byron, including dozens of poets now little read even by specialists. In 1849 Melville's ecstatic study of Shakespeare renewed his love of poetry just as he was becoming a great prose writer. Rereading Milton and Spenser, he experienced them with such recharged intensity that he became passionately immersed in Wordsworth, Tennyson, the Brownings, and other modern poets as well. Parker explores the author's marginalia, much of it previously unknown, to elucidate Melville's shrewd, skeptical engagement with British poetry and with commentaries by poets, aestheticians, art historians, and the great Scottish reviewers." "Revealed here is an unknown Melville, the autodidact who made himself a poet and who brilliantly constructed a personal aesthetic credo. Dispelling baseless claims that Melville had a quarrel with fiction after Moby-Dick (or Pierre) and that he did not, in 1860, complete a book he called Poems, Parker offers new evidence of the full trajectory of Melville's career in all its glory and frustration."--Jacket
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville( Book )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Moby Dick (1851) is an epic tale of the conflict between man and his fate. Captain Ahab's obsessive quest to destroy the great white whale that tore off his leg leads the Pequod and its crew to disaster. Melville's extraordinary narrative defies c1assification: it teems with ideas and imagery and the passion of its author."--Jacket
Moby Dick : or The whale by Herman Melville( Book )

8 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 635 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young seaman joins the crew of the fanatical Captain Ahab in pursuit of the white whale Moby Dick
Moby-Dick, or, The whale by Herman Melville( Book )

4 editions published between 1967 and 1976 in English and held by 604 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Graphic drawings, textual notes, and comments by the American historian supplement Melville's tale about man's futile attempts to control the universe
Flawed texts and verbal icons : literary authority in American fiction by Hershel Parker( Book )

8 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Critical essays on Herman Melville's Moby Dick( Book )

5 editions published between 1982 and 1993 in English and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Critical essays on Herman Melville's Pierre, or, The ambiguities( Book )

4 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reading Melville's Pierre ; or, The ambiguities by Brian Higgins( Book )

12 editions published in 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This engaging new study uses biographical evidence to explore Pierre, the puzzling novel that Herman Melville wrote immediately after the publication of Moby-Dick. Parker and Higgins reveal that Melville drastically altered the end of the novel after a troubling meeting with his publisher and editor about the perceived failure of Moby-Dick. Melville re-wrote Pierre's protagonist as a writer and used the novel to attack the publishing industry. Parker and Higgins' exploration into Pierre shows that this is a deeply flawed novel, but an intriguing and revealing glimpse into the mind of an Americ
Typee : a peep at Polynesian life ; Omoo : a narrative of adventures in the South Seas ; Mardi, and a voyage thither by Herman Melville( Book )

12 editions published between 1968 and 2003 in English and French and held by 240 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
Omoo; a narrative of adventures in the South Seas by Herman Melville( Book )

12 editions published between 1968 and 1999 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Melville's second book, Omoo, begins where his first book, Typee, leaves off. As the author described the book, "It embraces adventures in the South Seas (of a totally different character from 'Typee') and includes an eventful cruise in an English Colonial Whaleman (a Sydney Ship) and a comical residence on the island of Tahiti." The popular success of Melville's first book encouraged him to write this sequel, hoping it would be "a fitting successor." Typee describes Polynesian life in its "primitive" state, while Omoo represents it as affected by non-native influences, including the sophisticated lifestyle of sailors in the Pacific." "Walt Whitman found Omoo "the most readable sort of reading" and praised its "good-natured style." But many reviewers doubted Melville's veracity, and some objected to his "raciness" and "indecencies." Some also denounced his criticism of missionary endeavors, for his attacks on missionaries were more polemical than those undertaken in the earlier book. Over the years, however, readers have been charmed by both."--Jacket
Mardi and a voyage thither by Herman Melville( Book )

11 editions published between 1968 and 1998 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first volume of Melville's highly symbolic novel about a sailor who encounters bizarre countries and peoples in the South Pacific
White-jacket : or, The world in a man-of-war by Herman Melville( Book )

7 editions published between 1970 and 2000 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on Melville's own experiences, it explores the fascinating and often harrowing world of a naval fighting ship, the Neversink. The ship becomes for Melville a microcosm of America itself; its hierarchy, social divisions, and cruel practices suggest larger injustices, including slavery
 
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Herman Melville : a biography
Alternative Names
Hershel Parker American academic

Hershel Parker biographe

Languages
English (210)

French (1)

Covers
Moby-Dick : an authoritative textThe confidence-man, his masquerade : an authoritative text, backgrounds and sources, reviews, criticism, an annotated bibliographyIsrael Potter : his fifty years of exileMelville : the making of the poetMoby-DickMoby Dick : or The whaleReading Melville's Pierre ; or, The ambiguitiesTypee : a peep at Polynesian life ; Omoo : a narrative of adventures in the South Seas ; Mardi, and a voyage thither