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Reading Melville's Pierre ; or, The ambiguities

Author: Brian Higgins; Hershel Parker
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Higgins, Brian, 1943-
Reading Melville's Pierre ; or, The ambiguities.
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c2006
(DLC) 2006021947
Named Person: Herman Melville; Herman Melville; Herman (1819-1891) Melville; Herman Melville
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Higgins; Hershel Parker
ISBN: 9780807135686 0807135682
OCLC Number: 614564124
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 224 p.)
Contents: Contents; Preface; 1. Toward a Kraken Book; 2. "This dream-house of the earth":Books I and II; 3. "The flowing river in the cave of man":Books IIIV; 4. "The manly enthusiast cause":Books VIXII; 5. The Pamphlet and the City:The Kraken Ending; 6. Cobbling the Harper Pierre:JanuaryFebruary 1852; 7. Aftermath; 8. Faltering Recognition; Works Cited; Index.
Responsibility: Brian Higgins and Hershel Parker.

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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.

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