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Monumental Melville : the formation of a literary career

Monumental Melville : the formation of a literary career

Author: Edgar A Dryden
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Monumental Melville offers the first extended analysis of Melville's career to read his prose and the poetry that followed it as a legible sequence in a writing life. When Melville turned to poetry at mid-career, he deliberately abandoned the conventions of fiction and the shared public world they imply. Monumental Melville focuses first on the way Melville's growing disdain for fame "of the literary sort" informs  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Dryden, Edgar A.
Monumental Melville.
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2004
Named Person: Herman Melville; Melville, Herman <1819-1891> - Critique et interprétation.; Herman Melville; Herman Melville; Herman Melville; Herman Melville; Herman Melville
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edgar A Dryden
ISBN: 080474906X 9780804749060
OCLC Number: 52471526
Description: xii, 230 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Mute Monuments and Doggerel Epitaphs: Melville's Shattered Sequels --
John Brown's "America": Portentous Form in Battle-Pieces --
Death and Poetry: The Problem of Character in Clarel --
John Marr and Other Sailors: Poetry as Private Utterance --
Timoleon, Etc.: Characters Ancient and Modern.
Responsibility: Edgar A. Dryden.
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Monumental Melville emphasizes the significance of the literary to Melville and the need for close reading in understanding his work. By revealing and celebrating the form that makes Melville's  Read more...


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"Dryden's book is a challenge that will shape the future course of thinking on Melville. His meticulous, learned, and compelling explication of Melville's writing makes a formidable case for the Read more...

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