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Herman Melville

Author: Elizabeth Hardwick
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2000.
Series: Penguin lives series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The complex author of the quintessential American masterpiece is demystified by a leading contemporary critic. Hardwick's novelistic flair reveals a former whaleship deck-hand whose voyages were the stuff of travel romances that seduced the public. A single novel, an eternal classic, established him as a founding father of American literature. Now, a century after his death, a new popular surge of interest in Herman  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hardwick, Elizabeth.
Herman Melville.
New York : Viking, 2000
(OCoLC)606321572
Named Person: Herman Melville; Herman Melville; Herman Melville
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Hardwick
ISBN: 0670891584 9780670891580
OCLC Number: 43751753
Notes: "A Lipper/Viking book."
Description: ix, 161 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: Whaling --
New York --
Redburn --
Typee --
Elizabeth --
Omoo, Mardi --
Moby-Dick --
Family, Pierre, "Benito Cereno," "Bartleby, the Scrivener" --
Marriage, The Confidence-Man --
Hawthorne --
Billy Budd --
Death --
Afterword --
Bibliography.
Series Title: Penguin lives series.
Responsibility: Elizabeth Hardwick.

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The complex author of the quintessential American masterpiece is demystified by a leading contemporary critic. Hardwick's novelistic flair reveals a former whaleship deck-hand whose voyages were the stuff of travel romances that seduced the public. A single novel, an eternal classic, established him as a founding father of American literature. Now, a century after his death, a new popular surge of interest in Herman Melville calls for Elizabeth Hardwick's rich analysis of "the whole of Melville's works, uneven as it is, & the challenging shape of his life, a story of the creative history of an extraordinary American genius." Hardwick's superb critical interpretation & award-winning novelistic flair reveal a former whaleship deck hand whose voyages were the stuff of travel romances that seduced the public. Later, a self-described "thought-diver" into "the truth of the human heart" Melville harbored a bitterness that knew no bounds when that same public failed to embrace his masterwork, Moby-Dick. Invaluable for enthusiasts of American literature, Herman Melville is itself a masterpiece of critical commentary in the tradition of D.H. Lawrence's Studies in Classic American Literature.

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