Melville's Short Novels: A Norton Critical Edition / Edition 1

Melville's Short Novels: A Norton Critical Edition / Edition 1

by Herman Melville, Dan McCall
ISBN-10:
0393976416
ISBN-13:
9780393976410
Pub. Date:
11/28/2001
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
ISBN-10:
0393976416
ISBN-13:
9780393976410
Pub. Date:
11/28/2001
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Melville's Short Novels: A Norton Critical Edition / Edition 1

Melville's Short Novels: A Norton Critical Edition / Edition 1

by Herman Melville, Dan McCall
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Overview

Collected in this volume are Bartleby the Scrivener, Benito Cereno, and Billy Budd—presented in the best texts available, those published during Melville's lifetime and corrected by the author.

Each text has been carefully edited and annotated for student readers.

As his writing reflects, Melville was extraordinarily well read. "Contexts" collects important sources for each novel, including writings by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Amasa Delano, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

"Criticism" includes twenty-eight essays about the novels sure to promote classroom discussion. Contributors include Leo Marx, Elizabeth Hardwick, Frederick Busch, Robert Lowell, Herschel Parker, Carolyn L. Karcher, Thomas Mann, and Hannah Arendt.

A Selected Bibliography is included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393976410
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/28/2001
Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 387,146
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Herman Melville was born in New York City on August 1, 1819, the third child of Maria and Allan Gansevoort Melvill. (The final e was added to the family name later.) His father’s financial difficulties and his early death while Melville was still a youth disrupted his formal education. Instead, Melville tried his hand at a variety of occupations before joining the crew of a merchant ship bound for England in 1839. Two years later he sailed to the South Seas aboard the whaler Acushnet. His early fiction, like the novels Typee (1846) and Omoo (1847), drew upon and often embellished his exotic maritime adventures, earning him both popular and critical acclaim. But by the time he published Moby-Dick in 1851, his writing career was in decline, as both sales and praise of his works dwindled. Although he would subsequently publish two more novels and a number of short stories—including the masterpieces “Bartleby, the Scrivener” and “Benito Cereno”—Melville spent the last three decades of his life primarily writing poetry. Largely forgotten at the time of his death on April 19, 1891, Melville, along with his unfinished novella Billy Budd, was rediscovered and his reputation revived in the early decades of the twentieth century.

Dan McCall is Professor of American Studies at Cornell University. He is the author of the novels Jack the Bear (which was made into a movie starring Danny DeVito) and Triphammer. His monographs include The Silence of Bartleby and Citizens of Somewhere Else.

Date of Birth:

August 1, 1819

Date of Death:

September 28, 1891

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

New York, New York

Education:

Attended the Albany Academy in Albany, New York, until age 15
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