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''Herman Melville is one of American literature's greatest figures.'' --The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English
HERMAN MELVILLE (1819-1891) was born in New York City. Family hardships forced him to leave school for various occupations, including shipping as a cabin boy to Liverpool in 1839--a voyage that sparked his love for the sea. A shrewd social critic and philosopher in his fiction, he is considered an outstanding writer of the sea and a great stylist who mastered both realistic narrative and a rich, rhythmical prose. He is best known for his novel Moby-Dick and the posthumously published novella Billy Budd.
Loved the concept. I loved Bartleby's subtle display of insubordination...Published 1 month ago by Mz Dimples
I had read it by another language so I hadn't read english version of this book. I know this is going to be great.Published 3 months ago by HYOUNGBAE MOON
The five (5) most effective words in the English Language are: "I would prefer not to." In the days before slow down strikes, job actions, featherbedding, etc. Read morePublished 4 months ago by lidz
Not seeing the controversy here. I pre-read this as a way to introduce urban life in the 1800's to middle schoolers. I think I'll stick with Dickens. This book is surreal. Read morePublished 5 months ago by M. Heiss
This story is very reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Sphinx", which I also found to be a letdown. The buildup here is great. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Christie Stratos
An enjoyable short story which I read on an airplane. The author keeps you in suspense about the title character, a person of a different sort.Published 9 months ago by GP
Laughed out loud at each vivid description of an office of eccentrics.Published 11 months ago by Lee Allen