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Parker, Hershel

Overview
Works: 114 works in 404 publications in 1 language and 21,313 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Sea stories  Psychological fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Satire  Naval history  History  Adventure stories  Poetry  Domestic fiction 
Roles: Editor, Contributor, Compiler, jt
Classifications: PS2384, 813.3
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Hershel Parker
Moby-Dick : an authoritative text by Herman Melville ( Book )
33 editions published between 1967 and 2002 in English and held by 3,848 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
Herman Melville : a biography by Hershel Parker ( Book )
11 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and held by 1,534 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
The confidence-man his masquerade by Herman Melville ( Book )
30 editions published between 1971 and 2006 in English and held by 1,487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Set on a Mississippi steamer on April Fool's Day and populated by a series of shape-shifting con men, The Confidence-Man is a challenging metaphysical and ethical exploration of antebellum American society
Reading Melville's Pierre ; or, The ambiguities by Brian Higgins ( )
8 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,268 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
The recognition of Herman Melville; selected criticism since 1846 by Hershel Parker ( Book )
11 editions published between 1967 and 1987 in English and held by 1,165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Israel Potter his fifty years of exile by Herman Melville ( Book )
9 editions published between 1982 and 1997 in English and held by 1,112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The semi-fictionalized retelling of a soldier in the American Revolutionary War, his capture, escape, and adventures, spending most of his life on English soil
Moby-Dick as Doubloon : Essays and Extracts, 1851-1970 by Hershel Parker ( Book )
7 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 922 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Reading Billy Budd by Hershel Parker ( Book )
6 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 784 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Melville : the making of the poet by Hershel Parker ( Book )
8 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 751 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."--BOOK JACKET
Flawed texts and verbal icons : literary authority in American fiction by Hershel Parker ( Book )
4 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 604 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Critical essays on Herman Melville's Moby Dick ( Book )
4 editions published between 1982 and 1993 in English and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Omoo; a narrative of adventures in the South Seas by Herman Melville ( )
12 editions published between 1968 and 1999 in English and held by 462 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
The writings by Herman Melville ( Book )
7 editions published between 1984 and 1993 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Critical essays on Herman Melville's Pierre, or, The ambiguities ( Book )
3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
White-jacket : or, The world in a man-of-war by Herman Melville ( )
8 editions published between 1970 and 2000 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Long before penning Moby-Dick, which many regard as the quintessential American novel, author Herman Melville was captivated by life on the open sea. White Jacket adopts a different perspective, focusing on the brutal treatment that many sailors received at the hands of their superiors. In particular, it has been noted that this novel proved to be instrumental in banning the practice of flogging in several branches of the U.S. military
Mardi and a voyage thither by Herman Melville ( )
10 editions published between 1968 and 1998 in English and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is the extended and annotated edition including an extensive biographical annotation about the author and his life. Mardi is Melville's first pure fiction work (while featuring fictional narrators, his previous novels were heavily autobiographical). It details (much like Typee and Omoo) the travelings of an American sailor who abandons his whaling vessel to explore the South Pacific. Unlike the first two, however, Mardi is highly philosophical and said to be the first work to show Melville's true potential. The tale begins as a simple narrative, but quickly focuses upon discourse between the main characters and their interactions with the different symbolic countries they encounter. While not as cohesive or lengthy as Moby-Dick, it shares a similar writing style as well as many of the same themes. (from wikipedia.com)
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 ( )
16 editions published between 1971 and 1995 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The library of America is dedicated to publishing America's best and most significant writing in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts. Hailed as the "finest-looking, longest-lasting editions ever made" (The New Republic), Library of America volumes make a fine gift for any occasion. Now, with exactly one hundred volumes to choose from, there is a perfect gift for everyone
Herman Melville : the contemporary reviews by Brian Higgins ( Book )
9 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Clarel, a poem and pilgrimage in the Holy Land by Herman Melville ( )
3 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Typee : a peep at Polynesian life ; Omoo : a narrative of adventures in the South Seas ; Mardi, and a voyage thither by Herman Melville ( )
9 editions published between 1968 and 1992 in English and held by 363 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
 
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