Herman Melville: An Introduction
Copyright © 2008 Wyn Kelley
Author(s): Wyn Kelley
Published Online: 10 MAR 2008
Print ISBN: 9781405131575
Online ISBN: 9780470694084
About this Book
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.