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    DescriptionHerman Melville (1819-1891) stopped writing fiction after the publication of The Confidence Man: His Masquerade ] in 1857; as he entered his forties, he turned to poetry as his literary avocation. His first published book of poems was Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War (1866), a meditation on the Civil War in short lyric and narrative verses, and a work as ambitious and rich as any that issued from his pen. Melville was well acquainted with the war. He made many trips south to visit his cousin Henry Gansevoort, a Union officer--on one such trip, he was active in an unsuccessful pursuit of Confederate raider John Mosby. He had met Abraham Lincoln in Washington, and called upon General Ulysses S. Grant in Virginia in 1864. And his position within his family, whose members were involved in almost every aspect of the war, was close enough to allow him a rare vantage point on this country's greatest conflict. But, Battle-Pieces is anything but epic. Rather than celebratory, the tone of Melville's poem is grievous and disconsolate. "Unmindful, without purposing to be, of consistency" (as Melville puts it in his preface), the poems do not attempt to paint a broad picture of the whole of the war, but rather represent disjoint aspects, each faithful to Melville's impulsive, modern, yet realist view of the tragedy.This facsimile edition of Battle-Pieces includes 72 poems on almost every major campaign, battle, and event; Melville's own detailed historical notes and his supplementary essay on Reconstruction; and a new introduction by Lee Rust Brown, who teaches English at the University of Utah and is the author of The Emerson Museum. An American classic is thus available once again.


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    Title
    Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War
    Subtitle
    Civil War Poems
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Herman Melville, Introduction by Lee Rust Brown
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 136 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 500 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780306806551
    ISBN 10: 030680655X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.1
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/CIVLWR
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 640
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 90
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 811.3
    DC22: 811/.3, 811.3
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: PS2384 .B3 1995
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PS2384.B3
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000, POE005010
    Thema V1.0: DCF
    Edition statement
    Da Capo Press.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    The Perseus Books Group
    Imprint name
    Da Capo Press Inc
    Publication date
    01 September 1995
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, MA
    Back cover copy
    This facsimile edition of a Battle-Pieces includes 72 poems on almost every major campaign, battle, and event; Melville's own detailed historical notes and his supplementary essay on Reconstruction; and a new introduction by Lee Rust Brown, who teaches English at the University of Utah and is the author of The Emerson Museum.