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Herman Melville's whaling years

Autore: Wilson L Heflin; Mary K Bercaw Edwards; Thomas Farel Heffernan
Editore: Nashville : Vanderbilt University Press, 2004.
Edizione/Formato:   Libro : Biography : English : 1st edVedi tutte le edizioni e i formati
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"Based on more than a half-century of research, Herman Melville's Whaling Years is an essential work for Melville scholars - and all readers who like adventure. In meticulous and thoroughly documented detail, it examines one of the most stimulating periods in the great author's life - the four years he spent aboard whaling vessels in the Pacific during the early 1840s. Melville would later draw repeatedly on these  Per saperne di più…
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Genere/forma: Biography
Biographies
Persona incaricata: Herman Melville; Herman Melville; Herman Melville; Herman Melville; Herman Melville; Herman Melville; Herman Melville
Tipo materiale: Biography, Risorsa internet
Tipo documento: Book, Internet Resource
Tutti gli autori / Collaboratori: Wilson L Heflin; Mary K Bercaw Edwards; Thomas Farel Heffernan
ISBN: 0826513824 9780826513823
Numero OCLC: 54893074
Note: Based on the author's thesis (Ph. D., Vanderbilt University).
Descrizione: xxv, 332 p. : maps ; 25 cm.
Contenuti: Merry Christmas --
The Acushnet and Her Owners --
Captain Valentine Pease, Jr. --
Ship's Company --
The Agreement and the Law --
All Astir --
On Passage --
There She Blows --
Rio, the Horn, and the In-Shore Ground --
Santa --
The Off-Shore Ground --
A Dead Whale or a Stove Boat --
Enchanted Isles --
Tumbez and More Cruising --
Authentic Eden in a Pagan Sea --
Jimmy and Toby --
The Troublesome Crew of the Lucy Ann --
Nantucket Whaler --
Lahaina and Honolulu --
Mutiny, Mayhem, and the Town-Ho --
Toby Greene --
The Marquesas --
Oil from Whales.
Responsabilità: Wilson Heflin ; edited by Mary K. Bercaw Edwards and Thomas Farel Heffernan.
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Based on more than a half-century of research, this work examines on of the most stimulating period's of Melville's life - the four years he spent aboard whaling vessels in the Pacific during the  Per saperne di più…

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