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Photo de l'auteur(-trice). Etching of Joseph O. Eaton's portrait of Herman Melville Published c. 1944, painting created before 1891

Etching of Joseph O. Eaton's portrait of Herman Melville Published c. 1944, painting created before 1891

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Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 - September 28, 1891) was born into a seemingly secure, prosperous world, a descendant of prominent Dutch and English families long established in New York State. That security vanished when first, the family business failed, and then, two years later, in young Melville's thirteenth year, his father died. Without enough money to gain the formal education that professions required, Melville was thrown on his own resources and in 1841 sailed off on a whaling ship bound for the South Seas. His experiences at sea during the next four years were to form in part the basis of his best fiction. Melville's first two books, Typee (1846) and Omoo (1847), were partly romance and partly autobiographical travel books set in the South Seas. Both were popular successes, particularly Typee, which included a stay among cannibals and a romance with a South Sea maiden. During the next several years, Melville published three more romances that drew upon his experiences at sea: Redburn (1849) and White-Jacket (1850), both fairly realistic accounts of the sailor's life and depicting the loss of innocence of central characters; and Mardi (1849), which, like the other two books, began as a romance of adventure but turned into an allegorical critique of contemporary American civilization. Moby Dick (1851) also began as an adventure story, based on Melville's experiences aboard the whaling ship. However, in the writing of it inspired in part by conversations with his friend and neighbor Hawthorne and partly by his own irrepressible imagination and reading of Shakespeare and other Renaissance dramatists Melville turned the book into something so strange that, when it appeared in print, many of his readers and critics were dumbfounded, even outraged. By the mid-1850s, Melville's literary reputation was all but destroyed, and he was obliged to live the rest of his life taking whatever jobs he could find and borrowing money from relatives, who fortunately were always in a position to help him. He continued to write, however, and published some marvelous short fiction pieces Benito Cereno" (1855) and "Bartleby, the Scrivener" (1853) are the best. He also published several volumes of poetry, the most important of which was Battle Pieces and Aspects of the War (1866), poems of occasionally great power that were written in response to the moral challenge of the Civil War. His posthumously published work, Billy Budd (1924), on which he worked up until the time of his death, became Melville's last significant literary work, a brilliant short novel that movingly describes a young sailor's imprisonment and death. Melville's reputation, however, rests most solidly on his great epic romance, Moby Dick. It is a difficult as well as a brilliant book, and many critics have offered interpretations of its complicated ambiguous symbolism. Darrel Abel briefly summed up Moby Dick as "the story of an attempt to search the unsearchable ways of God," although the book has historical, political, and moral implications as well. Melville died at his home in New York City early on the morning of September 28, 1891, at age 72. The doctor listed "cardiac dilation" on the death certificate. He was interred in the Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx, New York, along with his wife, Elizabeth Shaw Melville. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Moby Dick 30,832 exemplaire(s), 477 critiques
Bartleby 2,485 exemplaire(s), 79 critiques
Billy Budd, marin 2,338 exemplaire(s), 41 critiques
Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life 1,960 exemplaire(s), 37 critiques
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Moby-Dick [Norton Critical Edition] 1,142 exemplaire(s), 8 critiques
Le Grand Escroc 1,099 exemplaire(s), 13 critiques
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Bartleby / Benito Cereno 840 exemplaire(s), 10 critiques
Pierre ou les ambiguïtés 676 exemplaire(s), 4 critiques
Moby Dick [adapted - Great Illustrated Classics] 625 exemplaire(s), 12 critiques
Benito Cereno 595 exemplaire(s), 21 critiques
Melville: Typee, Omoo, Mardi 574 exemplaire(s), 5 critiques
La vareuse blanche 561 exemplaire(s), 5 critiques
REDBURN 528 exemplaire(s), 7 critiques
Great Short Works of Herman Melville 526 exemplaire(s), 2 critiques
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Omoo 435 exemplaire(s), 8 critiques
Moby Dick 292 exemplaire(s), 7 critiques
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Mardi 214 exemplaire(s), 4 critiques
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Selected Poems of Herman Melville 160 exemplaire(s), 3 critiques
The Shorter Novels of Herman Melville (Auteur) 157 exemplaire(s), 1 critique
Poèmes de guerre 142 exemplaire(s)
The Portable Melville 140 exemplaire(s), 1 critique
Four Short Novels 134 exemplaire(s), 2 critiques
Moby-Dick or, The Whale 129 exemplaire(s)
Moby-Dick: A Longman Critical Edition 122 exemplaire(s), 5 critiques
Tales, Poems, and Other Writings 119 exemplaire(s), 1 critique
Classics Illustrated: Moby Dick (graphic adaptation by Bill Sienkiewicz) (Original Author) 103 exemplaire(s), 3 critiques
The Maldive Shark 98 exemplaire(s), 5 critiques
Les îles enchantées 97 exemplaire(s), 1 critique
Moby Dick II 94 exemplaire(s)
Billy Budd & Typee 93 exemplaire(s)
Moby Dick I 85 exemplaire(s)
Moby-Dick [abridged - Classic Starts] 81 exemplaire(s), 1 critique
Moby Dick [adapted - Dalmatian Press] 73 exemplaire(s), 1 critique
Moby Dick 68 exemplaire(s)
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Moby Dick 56 exemplaire(s), 4 critiques
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Moby Dick (Barron's Graphic Classics) 35 exemplaire(s), 2 critiques
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Billy Budd [Macmillan Readers] 24 exemplaire(s), 9 critiques
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Moby Dick (Now Age Books) 16 exemplaire(s), 1 critique
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The Lightning-Rod Man 13 exemplaire(s)
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Short Stories 12 exemplaire(s)
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Herman Melville: voyages 10 exemplaire(s)
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Norfolk Isle & the Chola widow 6 exemplaire(s), 1 critique
Herman Melville (Obras selectas series) 6 exemplaire(s), 1 critique
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Great Masters Library: Herman Melville 5 exemplaire(s), 1 critique
Diario italiano 5 exemplaire(s)
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Moby Dick: CD ROM 3 exemplaire(s)
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Complete Stories 1 exemplaire
Shorter Novels 1 exemplaire
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The World's Greatest Short Stories (Contributeur) 220 exemplaire(s)
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The Penguin Book of American Short Stories (Contributeur) 169 exemplaire(s), 1 critique
The Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature (Contributeur) 150 exemplaire(s), 2 critiques
Great Stories of the Sea & Ships (Auteur) 149 exemplaire(s)
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Short Novels of the Masters (Contributeur) 141 exemplaire(s), 1 critique
Black Water 2: More Tales of the Fantastic (Contributeur) 141 exemplaire(s), 3 critiques
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (Contributeur) 138 exemplaire(s), 1 critique
Life in the Iron Mills [Bedford Cultural Editions] (Contributeur) 124 exemplaire(s), 2 critiques
An Anthology of Famous American Stories (Contributeur) 124 exemplaire(s)
An American Album: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Harper's Magazine (Contributeur) 124 exemplaire(s), 1 critique
The Civil War: The Third Year Told by Those Who Lived It (Contributeur) 123 exemplaire(s), 1 critique
A Comprehensive Anthology of American Poetry (Contributeur) 121 exemplaire(s), 2 critiques
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Poets of the Civil War (Contributeur) 83 exemplaire(s), 1 critique
American Short Stories (Contributeur, quelques éditions) 80 exemplaire(s)
The Mammoth Book of Men O'War: Stories from the Glory Days of Sail (Contributeur) 79 exemplaire(s), 1 critique
War No More: Three Centuries of American Antiwar and Peace Writing (Contributeur) 64 exemplaire(s), 1 critique
A Treasury of Civil War Stories (Contributeur) 59 exemplaire(s)
Seven Short Novel Masterpieces (Contributeur) 56 exemplaire(s)
The Blithedale Romance [Norton Critical Edition, 2nd ed.] (Contributeur) 51 exemplaire(s), 1 critique
Moby Dick [1998 TV mini-series] 41 exemplaire(s), 1 critique
In Dreams Awake (Contributeur) 39 exemplaire(s)
The Oxford Book of Sea Stories (Contributeur) 38 exemplaire(s), 1 critique
Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson (Contributeur) 36 exemplaire(s), 1 critique
The Book of the Sea (Contributeur) 35 exemplaire(s)
Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500-2001 (Contributeur) 34 exemplaire(s), 1 critique
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The Best Crime Stories Ever Told (Contributeur) 25 exemplaire(s), 1 critique
Best South Sea Stories (Contributeur) 25 exemplaire(s)
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American Literature: The Makers and the Making (In Two Volumes) (Contributeur, quelques éditions) 24 exemplaire(s)
Short Stories of the Sea (Contributeur) 23 exemplaire(s)
Eight Short Novels (Contributeur) 22 exemplaire(s)
American Gothic: An Anthology 1787-1916 (Contributeur) 21 exemplaire(s)
The Penguin book of the ocean (Contributeur) 20 exemplaire(s)
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Melville par lui-même (Contributeur) 12 exemplaire(s)
We, Robots (Contributeur) 11 exemplaire(s)
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Historier fra de syv have (Auteur, quelques éditions) 2 exemplaire(s), 1 critique
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The Undying Past (Contributeur) 1 exemplaire
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Herman Melville, American author, was born in New York City on the 1st of August 1819. He shipped as a cabin-boy at the age of eighteen, thus being enabled to make his first visit to England, and at twenty-two sailed for a long whaling cruise in the Pacific. After a year and a half he deserted his ship at the Marquesas Islands, on account of the cruelty of the captain; was captured by cannibals on the island of Nukahiva, and detained, without hardship, four months; was rescued by the crew of an Australian vessel, which he joined, and two years later reached New York. Thereafter, with the exception of a passenger voyage around the world in 1860, Melville remained in the United States, devoting himself to literature -- though for a considerable period (1866-1885) he held a post in the New York custom-house -- and being perhaps Hawthorne's most intimate friend among the literary men of America. His writings were numerous, but judged of varying merit by his contemporaries; his verse, patriotic and other was forgotten; and his works of fiction and of travel were deemed of irregular execution. Nevertheless, few authors have been enabled so freely to introduce romantic personal experiences into their books. He portrayed seafaring life and character with vigour and originality, and from a personal knowledge equal to that of Cooper, Marryat or Clark Russell. But these records of adventure were followed by other tales that his contemporaries found so turgid, eccentric, opinionative, and loosely written as to seem the work of another author. He died a failed author in New York on the 28th of September 1891. The 20th century's collective reassessment of his work is much more favorable, and he is now classed among the greatest American writers.
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