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    Description'Truth uncompromisingly told will always have its ragged edges.' So wrote Melville of Billy Budd, Sailor, among the greatest of his works and, in its richness and ambiguity, among the most problematic. As the critic E. L. Grant Watson writes, 'In this short history of the impressment and hanging of a handsome sailor-boy are to be discovered problems as profound as those which puzzle us in the pages of the Gospels.' Outwardly a compelling narrative of events aboard a British man-of-war during the turmoil of the Napoleonic Wars, Billy Budd, Sailor is a nautical recasting of the Fall, a parable of good and evil, a meditation on justice and political governance, and a searching portrait of three extraordinary men. The passion it has aroused in its readers over the years is a measure of how deeply it addresses some of the fundamental questions of experience that every age must reexamine for itself. The selection in this volume represents the best of Melville's shorter fiction, and uses the most authoritative texts. The eight shorter tales included here were composed during Melville's years as a magazine writer in the mid 1850's and establish him, along with Hawthorne and Poe, as the greatest American story writer of his age. Several of the tales - Bartleby the Scrivener, Benito Cereno, The Encantadas, The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids - are acknowledged masterpieces of their genres. All show Melville a master of irony, point-of-view, and tone whose fables ripple out in nearly endless circles of meaning. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.


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    Title
    Billy Budd, Sailor and Selected Tales
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Herman Melville, Edited by Robert Milder
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 464
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 193 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 318 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199538911
    ISBN 10: 0199538913
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC E4L: CLA
    Abridged Dewey: 813
    B&T Book Type: FI
    BIC subject category V2: FC
    LC classification: PS
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    B&T General Subject: 500
    DC22: 813.3
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 62
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: C26106001, A26453240
    BISAC V2.8: FIC029000, FIC047000
    Thema V1.0: FBC
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    15 April 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Robert Milder is Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is editor of Critical Essays on Melville's 'Billy Budd, Sailor' and the author of Reimagining Thoreau.
    Table of contents
    1. Bartleby, the Scrivener ; 2. Cock-A-Doodle-Doo! ; 3. The Fiddler ; 4. The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids ; 5. The Lightning-Rod Man ; 6. The Encantadas, or Enchanted Isles ; 7. Benito Cereno ; 8. I and My Chimney ; 9. Billy Budd, Sailor (An Inside Narrative)