Published Poems

Published Poems : Battle-Pieces, John Marr, Timoleon

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Although he surprised the world in 1866 with his first published book of poetry, ""Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War"", Herman Melville had long been steeped in poetry. This new offering in the authoritative ""Northwestern-Newberry"" series, ""The Writings of Herman Melville"", with a historical note by Hershel Parker, is testament to Melville the poet. Penultimate in the publication of the series, Published Poems follows the release of Melville's verse epic, ""Clarel"" (1876), and with it, contains the entirety of the poems published during Melville's lifetime: ""Battle-Pieces"", as well as ""John Marr and Other Sailors"", with ""Some Sea-Pieces"" (1888), and ""Timoleon"" Etc. (1891). As with the other volumes in the ""Northwestern-Newberry"" series, the aim of this edition of Published Poems is to present a text as close to the author's intention as surviving evidence permits. To that end, the editorial appendix includes a historical note by Hershel Parker, the dean of Melville scholars, which gives a compelling, in-depth account of how one of America's greatest writers grew into the vocation of a poet; an essay by G. Thomas Tanselle on the printing and publishing history of the works in Published Poems; a textual record that identifies the copy-texts for the present edition and explains the editorial policy; and substantial scholarly notes on individual poems.
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  • Hardback | 1040 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 55.88mm | 1,440g
  • Evanston, United States
  • English
  • illustrations
  • 0810126052
  • 9780810126053
  • 2,425,259

About Herman Melville

HERMAN MELVILLE (1819-1891) 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.
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