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The piazza tales : and other prose pieces, 1839-1860

Author: Herman Melville; Harrison Hayford; Alma A MacDougall; G Thomas Tanselle; Merton M Sealts
Publisher: Evanston : Northwestern University Press ; Chicago : Newberry Library, 1987.
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Included are two sea tales that encompass the essence of Melville's art: "Benito Cereno", an exhilarating account of mutiny and rescue aboard a disabled slave ship, which is a parable of man's struggle against the forces of evil, and "The Encantadas", ten allegorical sketches of the Galapagos Islands, which reveal nature to be both enchanting and horrifying. Two pieces explore themes of isolation and defeat found in  Read more...
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Melville, Herman, 1819-1891.
Piazza tales.
Evanston : Northwestern University Press ; Chicago : Newberry Library, 1987
(OCoLC)567956805
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Herman Melville; Harrison Hayford; Alma A MacDougall; G Thomas Tanselle; Merton M Sealts
ISBN: 0810105500 9780810105508 0810105519 9780810105515
OCLC Number: 16313770
Notes: "The Northwestern-Newberry edition."
Description: viii, 847 pages : facsimiles ; 25 cm.
Contents: The piazza tales --
Uncollected pieces --
Reconstructed lectures --
Attributed pieces --
Editorial appendix.
Responsibility: Herman Melville ; this volume edited by Harrison Hayford, Alma A. MacDougall, G. Thomas Tanselle and others ; historical note by Merton M. Sealts, Jr.

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Included are two sea tales that encompass the essence of Melville's art: "Benito Cereno", an exhilarating account of mutiny and rescue aboard a disabled slave ship, which is a parable of man's struggle against the forces of evil, and "The Encantadas", ten allegorical sketches of the Galapagos Islands, which reveal nature to be both enchanting and horrifying. Two pieces explore themes of isolation and defeat found in Melville's great novels: "Bartelby, the Scrivener", a prophetically modern story of alienation and loss on nineteenth-century Wall Street, and "The Bell Tower", a Faustian tale about a Renaissance architect who brings about his own violent destruction. The other two works reveal Melville's mastery of very different writing styles: "The Lightning-Rod Man", a satire showcasing his talent for Dickensian comedy, and "The Piazza", the title story of the collection, which anticipates the author's later absorption with poetry.

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