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Melville, Herman 1819-1891

Works: 5,839 works in 17,544 publications in 31 languages and 475,631 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Sea stories  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Psychological fiction  Satire  Naval history  History  Adventure stories  Biography  Autobiographical fiction 
Subject Headings: Novelists, American  Slaves  Authors, American 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, Other, Lyricist, Dedicatee, Honoree, Author of introduction, Illustrator, Composer, Performer, Contributor, Conceptor, Attributed name
Classifications: PS2384, 813.3
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Most widely held works by Herman Melville
Typee : a peep at Polynesian life ; Omoo : a narrative of adventures in the South Seas ; Mardi, and a voyage thither by Herman Melville( Book )
293 editions published between 1846 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 8,548 libraries worldwide
"These three early novels are stirring romances of the South Seas; many of these fictional details resemble some of the events in Melville's own life in the early 1840s"--Jacket
The confidence-man his masquerade by Herman Melville( Book )
217 editions published between 1857 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 7,229 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
Pierre, or, The ambiguities ; Israel Potter : his fifty years of exile ; The piazza tales ; The confidence-man : his masquerade ; Uncollected prose ; Billy Budd, sailor : (an inside narrative) by Herman Melville( Book )
253 editions published between 1852 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 6,955 libraries worldwide
The library of America is dedicated to publishing America's best and most significant writing in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts. Hailed as the "finest-looking, longest-lasting editions ever made" (The New Republic), Library of America volumes make a fine gift for any occasion. Now, with exactly one hundred volumes to choose from, there is a perfect gift for everyone
Typee by Herman Melville( Book )
291 editions published between 1846 and 2012 in 8 languages and held by 5,348 libraries worldwide
The young hero jumps ship with a mate and spends four months with the islanders known as Typee - the 'eaters of men.'
Omoo; a narrative of adventures in the South Seas by Herman Melville( Book )
272 editions published between 1847 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 5,134 libraries worldwide
A failed mutiny lands the narrator in a Tahitian jail where he and his companion, Doctor Long Ghost, are treated with curiosity and kindness. After their eventual release, the two embark on a series of adventures as they work at odd jobs, view traditional rites and customs on the island, and contrive an audience with the Tahitian queen. Thought-provoking, humorous glimpses of a vanished 19th-century world in the South Seas
White-jacket : or, The world in a man-of-war by Herman Melville( Book )
213 editions published between 1850 and 2012 in 8 languages and held by 4,995 libraries worldwide
Long before penning Moby-Dick, which many regard as the quintessential American novel, author Herman Melville was captivated by life on the open sea. White Jacket adopts a different perspective, focusing on the brutal treatment that many sailors received at the hands of their superiors. In particular, it has been noted that this novel proved to be instrumental in banning the practice of flogging in several branches of the U.S. military
Moby Dick by Herman Melville( Sound Recording )
266 editions published between 1949 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 4,965 libraries worldwide
Captain Ahab maniacally hunts the great white whale across the seven oceans
Moby Dick by Herman Melville( file )
138 editions published between 1851 and 2012 in 11 languages and held by 4,883 libraries worldwide
A classic of the sea, telling of the pursuit of Moby Dick, the white whale, who defied capture
Redburn, his first voyage ; White-jacket, or, The world in a man-of-war ; Moby-Dick, or, The whale by Herman Melville( Book )
98 editions published between 1849 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 4,812 libraries worldwide
Sea voyages and the vagaries of life on a ship are constant themes in the work of Herman Melville. In the novel Redburn, Melville sharply contrasts the refined sensibilities of the title character, an upper-class American youth, with the coarse manners of his Liverpudlian shipmates. The novel is notable for its finely drawn characters and piercing social criticism
Selected poems of Herman Melville by Herman Melville( Book )
94 editions published between 1924 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 4,697 libraries worldwide
"This volume aims primarily at presenting an accurate text of all the poems which Herman Melville left to posterity, Clarel, for obvious reasons, excepted. The text of the first 256 pages faithfully follows that of the three volumes of poetry published during Melville's lifetime and under his scrupulous supervision; the text for the rest of the poetry is taken from manuscripts, of which all but three are in the Houghton Library, Harvard College."--Preface, p. v
Israel Potter his fifty years of exile by Herman Melville( Book )
160 editions published between 1854 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 4,466 libraries worldwide
The semi-fictionalized retelling of a soldier in the American Revolutionary War, his capture, escape, and adventures, spending most of his life on English soil
Billy Budd, sailor and other stories by Herman Melville( Book )
226 editions published between 1946 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 3,940 libraries worldwide
Seven stories deal with a slave rebellion, an obstinate copyist, an accidental murder, a voyage to the Galapagos Islands, and a bachelors' dinner party
Mardi and a voyage thither by Herman Melville( Book )
184 editions published between 1849 and 2012 in 8 languages and held by 3,647 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
Redburn, his first voyage; being the sailor-boy confessions and reminiscences of the son-of-a-gentleman, in the merchant service by Herman Melville( Book )
111 editions published between 1849 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,971 libraries worldwide
Based on Herman Melville's first voyage to England as a sailor
Billy Budd by Herman Melville( file )
161 editions published between 1891 and 2013 in 12 languages and held by 2,923 libraries worldwide
Called the "Handsome Sailor" by the other sailors aboard the warship Bellipotent, Billy Budd is admired by all but Master-at-Arms Claggart, an envious man who plots to frame Billy for treason
Benito Cereno by Herman Melville( file )
219 editions published between 1856 and 2014 in 18 languages and held by 2,705 libraries worldwide
"What has cast such a shadow upon you?" "The negro". With its intense mix of mystery, adventure, and a surprise ending, Benito Cereno at first seems merely a provocative example from the genre Herman Melville created with his early best-selling novels of the sea. However, most Melville scholars consider it his most sophisticated work, and many, such as novelist Ralph Ellison, have hailed it as the most piercing look at slavery in all of American literature. based on a real life incident--the character names remain unchanged--Benito Cereno tells what happens when an American merchant ship comes upon a mysterious Spanish ship where the nearly all-black crew and their white captain are starving and yet hostile to offers of help. Melville's most focused political work, it is rife with allusions (a ship named after Santo Domingo, site of the slave revolt led by Toussaint L'Ouverture), analogies (does the good-hearted yet obtuse American captain refer to the American character itself?), and mirroring images that deepen our reflections on human oppression and its resultant depravities
Piazza tales by Herman Melville( Book )
119 editions published between 1856 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 2,672 libraries worldwide
A harrowing tale of slavery and revolt aboard a Spanish ship
Billy Budd, sailor : (an inside narrative) by Herman Melville( Book )
155 editions published between 1935 and 2013 in 14 languages and held by 2,601 libraries worldwide
Billy Budd ia accused of plotting a mutiny by Claggett, Billy kills Claggett and his hanged for murder
Moby-Dick; or, The whale by Herman Melville( Book )
98 editions published between 1900 and 2004 in 5 languages and held by 2,462 libraries worldwide
A classic of the sea, telling of the pursuit of Moby Dick, the white whale who defied capture
Moby Dick, or, The whale by Herman Melville( file )
70 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in 9 languages and held by 2,072 libraries worldwide
The classic story of Captain Ahab and his obsession with a huge whale, Moby Dick. The whale caused the loss of Ahab's leg years before, leaving Ahab so crazed by his desire to kill the whale that he is prepared to sacrifice his life, the lives of his crew members, and even his ship to find revenge
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Herman Melville
Mai-erh-wei-erh, Ho-erh-man 1819-1891
Melvil , Cherman
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Melṿil, Herman 1819-1891
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Milfīl, Hirmān 1819-1891
Tarnmoor , Salvator R.
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Мелвил, Герман 1819-1891
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מלוויל, הרמן 1819־1891
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ملفل، هرمان، 1819-1891
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