"With astonishingly far-reaching attention to the pertinent specifics of poems and prose commentaries by English and American writers who influenced Melville, Parker re-creates the poetic education of the man who would go on to write Moby-Dick. His book is a stunning defense of Melville's right to be treated as a major poet. Highly recommended for all academic libraries."—Library Journal
"Highly recommended."--CHOICE Magazine
About the Author
Hershel Parker, H. Fletcher Brown Professor Emeritus at the University of Delaware, is the associate general editor of the Northwestern-Newberry The Writings of Herman Melville. His publications include Flawed Texts and Verbal Icons, Reading "Billy Budd”, and the 1995 edition of Melville's Pierre, or, The Ambiguities, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. He is also the author of the two-volume Herman Melville: A Biography, 1819-1851 (1996) and Herman Melville: A Biography, 1851-1891 (2002), the first a Pulitzer finalist and each the winner of the highest award from the Association of American Publishers' Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division.