Billy Budd and Other Stories

Billy Budd and Other Stories

Paperback Penguin Classics

By (author) Herman Melville, Introduction by Frederick Busch

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  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 149mm x 214mm x 19mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 1 August 1989
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140390537
  • ISBN 13: 9780140390537
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 94,416

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Stung by the difficult reception of Moby Dick, Herman Melville became obsessed with the difficulties of communicating his vision to readers. His sense of isolation lies at the heart of these later works. "Billy Budd, Sailor" is a classic confrontation between good and evil, and the story of an innocent young man unable to defend himself against a wrongful accusation. The other stories also illuminate the way fictions are created and shared by society.

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Author information

Herman Melville (1819 - 1891) worked as a bank clerk, cabin boy and schoolteacher before embarking on the whalter Acushnet in 1841. Deserting the ship the following year, he made his way to Tahiti and Honolulu, eventually returning to the United States. Books based on his adventures were immediate successful, but his masterpiece Moby Dick was considered too complex. Frederick Busch is the author of many works of fiction. He teaches literature and fiction writing at Colgate University, USA.