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Literary success soon faded; his complexity increasingly alienated readers. After a visit to the Holy Land in January 1857, he turned from writing prose fiction to poetry. In 1863, during the Civil War, he moved back to New York City, where from 1866-1885 he was a deputy inspector in the Custom House, and where, in 1891, he died. A draft of a final prose work, Billy Budd, Sailor, was left unfinished and uncollated, packed tidily away by his widow, where it remained until its rediscovery and publication in 1924.
Library of America always puts out a comprehensive easy to read edition.Published 6 months ago by Lois N. Orchard
THE OTHER STORIES IN THE COLLECT WERE *** AT BEST.
I have trouble with HM's syntax with most of his novels. Read more
It got to me on time and was just what I needed . . . . . . . . !Published on March 26, 2013 by Sophia Mihic
My copy is missing pages 1219-1250; a set of duplicate pages appears in their place. Check your copy while you can return it.
Otherwise, a quality binding.
Melville is one of the greatest American authors ever, and Moby-Dick alone is worth the price for this book. Read morePublished on November 15, 2006 by Robert Danduran