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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.
Like everyone, I was familiar with Melville's 'Moby Dick', but only recently chanced upon a reference to 'Omoo' in Alan Moorehead's fabulous 'The Fatal Impact', an account of... Read morePublished 7 months ago by D. McNally
Then in his early twenties, Herman Melville spent the years 1841 to 1844 in the South Pacific. His experiences there provided much of the material for his many books. Read morePublished 10 months ago by R. M. Peterson