Herman Melville: An Introduction

Herman Melville: An Introduction

Author(s): Wyn Kelley

Published Online: 10 MAR 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405131575

Online ISBN: 9780470694084

DOI: 10.1002/9780470694084

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.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Introduction

  2. Part II: Melville's Early Yarns

  3. Part III: Writing New Gospel in Moby-Dick and Pierre

  4. Part IV: Turning a New Leaf: Short Fiction, Israel Potter, and The Confidence-Man

  5. Part V: Melville's Later Career

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