Herman Melville: An Introduction
January 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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This unique introduction explores Herman Melville as he described himself in Billy Budd-"a writer whom few know." Moving beyond the recurring depiction of Melville as the famous author of Moby-Dick, this book traces his development as a writer while providing the basic tools for successful critical reading of his novels.
- Offers a brief introduction to Melville, covering all his major works
- Showcases Melville's writing process through his correspondence with Nathaniel Hawthorne
- Provides a clear sense of Melville's major themes and preoccupations
- Focuses on Typee, Moby-Dick, and Billy Budd in individual chapters
- Includes a biography, summary of key works, interpretation, commentary, and an extensive bibliography.