Herman Melville

A Biography

By Hershel Parker
(Johns Hopkins University Press, Hardcover, 9780801854286, 928pp.)

Publication Date: October 1996

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Paperback

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The first of a two-volume project, this book by a lifelong scholar of Melville's life, works, and milieu pinpoints the facts of Melville's life with great accuracy and completeness. Melville here appears amid the all-too-human hopes and anxieties that inspired and ensnared him during his early career, when he passed from the status of America's first literary symbol to that of a still-young man who dared to write Shakespearean prose. 40 illustrations.
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