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Herman Melville
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Bk. IV, ch. 5 - Pierre: or, The Ambiguities (1852)
Herman Melville
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Correspondence (1993 edition), Northwestern University Press - ISBN: 9780810109957
Herman Melville
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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
Herman Melville
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Herman Melville; [stories, poems, and letters] (1962 edition)


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Born: August 1, 1819

Died: September 28, 1891 (aged 72)

Nationality: American

Occupation: Novelist, teacher, sailor, lecturer, poet

Bio: 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.

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