CorrespondencePaperback Writings of Herman Melville
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- Publisher: Northwestern University Press
- Format: Paperback | 940 pages
- Dimensions: 158mm x 233mm x 51mm | 1,302g
- Publication date: 31 December 1993
- Publication City/Country: Evanston
- ISBN 10: 0810109956
- ISBN 13: 9780810109957
- Edition statement: REV and and.
- Sales rank: 926,119
This new volume in the acclaimed Northwestern-Newberry Library series includes newly verified and corrected versions of over 300 Melville letters; accounts for 150 lost letters, situated chronologically by existing fragments from them, and by explanatory notes; includes 83 never-before-published let
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Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 - September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. He is best known for his novel Moby-Dick. His first three books gained much contemporary attention (the first, Typee, becoming a bestseller), and after a fast-blooming literary success in the late 1840s, his popularity declined precipitously in the mid-1850s and never recovered during his lifetime. When he died in 1891, he was almost completely forgotten. It was not until the "Melville Revival" in the early 20th century that his work won recognition, especially Moby-Dick, which was hailed as one of the literary masterpieces of both American and world literature. He was the first writer to have his works collected and published by the Library of America.