Melville: His World And Work by Andrew Delbanco - PDF and EPUB eBook

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The grandson of revolutionary war heroes, Herman Melville was born into a family that in the fledgling republic had lost both...

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Details of Melville: His World And Work

Exact title of the book
Melville: His World And Work
Book author
Andrew Delbanco
Book edition
Hardcover
Language
English
Published
November 4th 2005 by Picador USA
File size (in PDF)
about 300 kB
Melville: His World And Work

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The grandson of revolutionary war heroes, Herman Melville was born into a family that in the fledgling republic had lost both money and status. Toughened at sea as a young man and quintessentially American - half New Yorker, half New Englander - he returned home to chronicle the deepest crises of his time while forever shaping our literature with Moby Dick, Bartleby the Scrivener, Benito Cereno and Billy Budd. Delbanco traces Melville's growth from the bawdy storytelling type, through the spiritual preoccupations building up to Moby Dick, and the profound disillusionment of later works, even as he charts a life that left little evidence in its wake and was, long before Melville's death, consigned to obscurity.

He uncovers autobiographical traces throughout Melville's writing, shows the relentless financial pressure and declining critical and popular esteem that plagued his career, and, above all, illuminates the stunning achievements of his oeuvre.