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Clarel : a poem and pilgrimage in the Holy Land

Author: Herman Melville; Harrison Hayford; Walter E Bezanson; et al
Publisher: Evanston : Northwestern University Press ; Chicago : Newberry Library, 1991.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Northwestern-Newberry edView all editions and formats
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Melville's long poem Clarel: A Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy Land (1876) was the last full-length book he published. Until the mid-twentieth century even the most partisan of Melville's advocates hesitated to endure a four-part poem of 150 cantos of almost 18,000 lines, about a naïve American named Clarel, on pilgrimage through the Palestinian ruins with a provocative cluster of companions. But modern critics  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Melville, Herman, 1819-1891.
Clarel.
Evanston : Northwestern University Press ; Chicago : Newberry Library, 1991
(OCoLC)647094236
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Herman Melville; Harrison Hayford; Walter E Bezanson; et al
ISBN: 0810109069 9780810109063 0810109077 9780810109070
OCLC Number: 23675046
Description: xiii, 893 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Jerusalem --
The wilderness --
Mar Saba --
Bethlehem.
Responsibility: Herman Melville ; [edited by Harrison Hayford ... et al. ; historical and critical note by Walter E. Bezanson].

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Melville's long poem Clarel: A Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy Land (1876) was the last full-length book he published. Until the mid-twentieth century even the most partisan of Melville's advocates hesitated to endure a four-part poem of 150 cantos of almost 18,000 lines, about a naïve American named Clarel, on pilgrimage through the Palestinian ruins with a provocative cluster of companions. But modern critics have found Clarel a much better poem than was ever realized. Robert Penn Warren called it a precursor of The Waste Land. It abounds with revelations of Melville's inner life. Most strikingly, it is argued that the character Vine is a portrait of Melville's friend Hawthorne. Based on the only edition published during Melville's lifetime, this scholarly edition adopts 39 corrections from a copy marked by Melville and incorporates 154 emendations by the present editors, an also includes a section of related documents and extensive discussions. -- Publisher.

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