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Tanselle, G. Thomas (George Thomas) 1934-

Overview
Works: 161 works in 461 publications in 1 language and 20,233 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Sea stories  Psychological fiction  Satire  Naval history  History  Adventure stories  Poetry  Autobiographical fiction  Domestic fiction 
Roles: Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Annotator
Classifications: PS2384, 813.3
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Most widely held works by G. Thomas Tanselle
Typee : a peep at Polynesian life ; Omoo : a narrative of adventures in the South Seas ; Mardi, and a voyage thither by Herman Melville ( Book )
35 editions published between 1968 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,608 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
Redburn, his first voyage ; White-jacket, or, The world in a man-of-war ; Moby-Dick, or, The whale by Herman Melville ( Book )
19 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in English and held by 2,929 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sea voyages and the vagaries of life on a ship are constant themes in the work of Herman Melville. In the novel Redburn, Melville sharply contrasts the refined sensibilities of the title character, an upper-class American youth, with the coarse manners of his Liverpudlian shipmates. The novel is notable for its finely drawn characters and piercing social criticism
Moby-Dick : an authoritative text by Herman Melville ( Book )
17 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in English and held by 1,348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A classic of the sea, telling of the pursuit of Moby Dick, the white whale who defied capture
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
Royall Tyler by G. Thomas Tanselle ( Book )
9 editions published in 1967 in English and Undetermined and held by 917 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Guide to the study of United States imprints by G. Thomas Tanselle ( Book )
9 editions published in 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 764 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A rationale of textual criticism by G. Thomas Tanselle ( Book )
12 editions published between 1989 and 1992 in English and held by 689 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Textual criticism - the traditional term for the task of evaluating the authority of the words and punctuation of a text-is often considered an undertaking preliminary to literary criticism: many people believe that the job of textual critics is to provide reliable texts for literary critics to analyze. G. Thomas Tanselle argues, on the contrary, that the two activities cannot be separated. The textual critic, in choosing among textual variants and correcting what appear to be textual errors, inevitably exercises critical judgment and reflects a particular point of view toward the nature of literature. And the literary critic, in interpreting the meaning of a work or passage, needs to be (though rarely is) critical of the makeup of every text of it, including those produced by scholarly editors
The piazza tales : and other prose pieces, 1839-1860 by Herman Melville ( Book )
4 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 689 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 )
8 editions published between 1984 and 1993 in English and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Textual criticism and scholarly editing by G. Thomas Tanselle ( Book )
14 editions published between 1990 and 2003 in English and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
White-jacket : or, The world in a man-of-war by Herman Melville ( )
7 editions published between 1970 and 2000 in English and held by 430 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 ( )
9 editions published between 1968 and 1998 in English and held by 428 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 ( )
6 editions published between 1971 and 1995 in English and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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The confidence-man his masquerade by Herman Melville ( )
4 editions published between 1984 and 2002 in English and held by 385 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
Clarel, a poem and pilgrimage in the Holy Land by Herman Melville ( )
1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Journals by Herman Melville ( )
2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Redburn, his first voyage; being the sailor-boy confessions and reminiscences of the son-of-a-gentleman, in the merchant service by Herman Melville ( )
6 editions published between 1969 and 1984 in English and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Based on Herman Melville's first voyage to England as a sailor
Literature and artifacts by G. Thomas Tanselle ( Book )
10 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Book-jackets : their history, forms, and use by G. Thomas Tanselle ( Book )
5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Tanselle, G. T. 1934-
Tanselle, G. Thomas
Tanselle, G. Thomas 1934-
Tanselle, G. Thomas (George Thomas), 1934-
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English (199)
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