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Parker, Hershel

Works: 131 works in 422 publications in 1 language and 22,266 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Sea stories  Satire  Naval history  Psychological fiction  History  Biography  Historical fiction  Biographical fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Compiler, jt ;
Classifications: PS2384, 813.3
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Publications about Hershel Parker
Publications by Hershel Parker
Most widely held works about Hershel Parker
Most widely held works by Hershel Parker
Herman Melville : a biography by Hershel Parker( Book )
11 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 1,521 libraries worldwide
Traces Melville's life from his childhood in New York, through his adventures abroad as a sailor, to his creation of "Moby-Dick," and forty years later, to his death, in obscurity
Moby-Dick : an authoritative text by Herman Melville( Book )
18 editions published between 1967 and 1972 in English and held by 1,468 libraries worldwide
Roman om den unge Ismael, hvis eneste ønske er at blive hvalfanger. Sammen med sin indfødte ven får han hyre på en hvalfangerbåd med en gal kaptajn, hvis eneste mål er at få ram på den hvide
The confidence-man, his masquerade : an authoritative text, backgrounds and sources, reviews, criticism, an annotated bibliography by Herman Melville( Book )
32 editions published between 1971 and 2006 in English and held by 1,176 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
The recognition of Herman Melville; selected criticism since 1846 by Hershel Parker( Book )
13 editions published between 1967 and 1987 in English and held by 1,160 libraries worldwide
Moby-Dick as Doubloon : Essays and Extracts, 1851-1970 by Hershel Parker( Book )
8 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 916 libraries worldwide
The Norton anthology of American literature ( Book )
1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 787 libraries worldwide
With attention to selections by women writers, outstanding works of American poetry, prose, and fiction from the colonial era to the present are presented
Israel Potter : his fifty years of exile by Herman Melville( Book )
10 editions published between 1982 and 1997 in English and held by 782 libraries worldwide
Reading Billy Budd by Hershel Parker( Book )
6 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 778 libraries worldwide
Melville : the making of the poet by Hershel Parker( Book )
8 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 742 libraries worldwide
""Poetry was just a sideline with Melville; it was never important to him," pronounced Alfred Kazin, in a judgment frequently echoed by critics today. In this study, Hershel Parker shows that, on the contrary, Melville was enthralled by poetry for much of his life and wrote almost nothing else for a third of a century." "Parker demonstrates that from childhood Melville was steeped in British poetry from Spenser to Byron, including dozens of poets now little read even by specialists. In 1849 Melville's ecstatic study of Shakespeare renewed his love of poetry just as he was becoming a great prose writer. Rereading Milton and Spenser, he experienced them with such recharged intensity that he became passionately immersed in Wordsworth, Tennyson, the Brownings, and other modern poets as well. Parker explores the author's marginalia, much of it previously unknown, to elucidate Melville's shrewd, skeptical engagement with British poetry and with commentaries by poets, aestheticians, art historians, and the great Scottish reviewers." "Revealed here is an unknown Melville, the autodidact who made himself a poet and who brilliantly constructed a personal aesthetic credo. Dispelling baseless claims that Melville had a quarrel with fiction after Moby-Dick (or Pierre) and that he did not, in 1860, complete a book he called Poems, Parker offers new evidence of the full trajectory of Melville's career in all its glory and frustration."--Jacket
Moby Dick : or The whale by Herman Melville( Book )
8 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 631 libraries worldwide
A young seaman joins the crew of the fanatical Captain Ahab in pursuit of the white whale Moby Dick
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville( Book )
12 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 630 libraries worldwide
"Moby Dick (1851) is an epic tale of the conflict between man and his fate. Captain Ahab's obsessive quest to destroy the great white whale that tore off his leg leads the Pequod and its crew to disaster. Melville's extraordinary narrative defies c1assification: it teems with ideas and imagery and the passion of its author."--Jacket
Moby-Dick, or, The whale by Herman Melville( Book )
3 editions published between 1967 and 1976 in English and held by 606 libraries worldwide
Graphic drawings, textual notes, and comments by the American historian supplement Melville's tale about man's futile attempts to control the universe
Flawed texts and verbal icons : literary authority in American fiction by Hershel Parker( Book )
5 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 591 libraries worldwide
Critical essays on Herman Melville's Moby Dick ( Book )
4 editions published between 1982 and 1993 in English and held by 471 libraries worldwide
Critical essays on Herman Melville's Pierre, or, The ambiguities ( Book )
4 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 455 libraries worldwide
The writings by Herman Melville( Book )
7 editions published between 1984 and 1993 in English and held by 442 libraries worldwide
Reading Melville's Pierre ; or, The ambiguities by Brian Higgins( Book )
8 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 286 libraries worldwide
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
Omoo; a narrative of adventures in the South Seas by Herman Melville( Book )
12 editions published between 1968 and 1999 in English and held by 136 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
Mardi and a voyage thither by Herman Melville( Book )
9 editions published between 1968 and 1998 in English and held by 101 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
White-jacket : or, The world in a man-of-war by Herman Melville( Book )
7 editions published between 1970 and 2000 in English and held by 95 libraries worldwide
Based on Melville's own experiences, it explores the fascinating and often harrowing world of a naval fighting ship, the Neversink. The ship becomes for Melville a microcosm of America itself; its hierarchy, social divisions, and cruel practices suggest larger injustices, including slavery
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