Melville's Short Novels: Authoritative Texts, Contexts, CriticismPaperback Norton Critical Editions
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- Publisher: WW Norton & Co
- Format: Paperback | 432 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 204mm x 24mm | 399g
- Publication date: 1 February 2002
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0393976416
- ISBN 13: 9780393976410
- Edition: 7
- Sales rank: 128,164
Each text has been carefully edited and annotated for student readers. As his writing reflects, Melville was extraordinarily well read. "Contexts" collects important sources for each novel, including writings by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Amasa Delano, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. "Criticism" includes twenty-eight essays about the novels sure to promote classroom discussion. Contributors include Leo Marx, Elizabeth Hardwick, Frederick Busch, Robert Lowell, Herschel Parker, Carolyn L. Karcher, Thomas Mann, and Hannah Arendt. A Selected Bibliography is included.
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