Herman Melville

Herman Melville

Born: August 1, 1819

Died: September 28, 1891

Nationality: American

Occupation: Novelist, teacher, sailor, lecturer, poet

Biography: Herman Melville was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. He is best known for his novel Moby-Dick. His first three books gained much contemporary attention, and after a fast-blooming literary success in the late 1840s, his popularity declined precipitously in the mid-1850s and never recovered during his lifetime. When he died in 1891, he was almost completely forgotten.

Source/Notes: Bk. IV, ch. 5 - Pierre: or, The Ambiguities (1852)
Source/Notes: Correspondence (1993 edition), Northwestern University Press - ISBN: 9780810109957

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Source/Notes: Paraphrased from: "... and the same may be said of friendship at first sight as of love at first sight: it is the only true one, the only noble one." - The Confidence-man: His Masquerade (1857), Chapter XXIX
Source/Notes: Herman Melville; [stories, poems, and letters] (1962 edition)

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Source/Notes: Moby Dick in Plain and Simple English (Includes Study Guide, Complete Unabridged Book, Historical Context, and Character Index)( (2012 edition), BookCaps Study Guides - ISBN: 9781621073796