Melville: A Biography

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Univ of Massachusetts Press, 1998 - 710 psl.
Herman Melville's towering achievement stands as a timeless monument to the richness and diversity of nineteenth-century American literature. Employing a singularly American idiom, his immortal masterpiece, Moby-Dick, broke the bounds of the novel as it was then known and understood. But Melville's place in the pantheon of American literature is all the more exceptional given the fact that he remained virtually unknown as a writer throughout the course of his lifetime. It wasn't until the 1920s, some thirty years after his death, that he gained his reputation when that era's most influential literary critics promulgated his genius. Drawing upon more than five hundred newly discovered family letters, Laurie Robertson-Lorant now provides a richly fascinating and altogether fresh perspective on this titan of American literature. With energetic prose, Robertson-Lorant immerses the reader in the political and social climate of the often turbulent world of Herman Melville, from his childhood to his adventurous seafaring days, to his intermittently successful but never fulfilling career as a writer. With breathtaking scope and an unerring eye for psychological nuance, Robertson-Lorant pinpoints the forces that would shape the man: the women and children in Melville's life, his complicated and enigmatic relationship with Nathaniel Hawthorne, the psychosexual tensions that informed his art, his struggles against debt, his disappointment about failing to win a popular audience for his more serious work, and the alcoholism and violence that plagued his family. Melville is a major, lively, brilliantly researched account of a true giant and one of America's greatest literary geniuses.
 

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MELVILLE: A Biography

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Robertson-Lorant's debut is a solid, eminently readable life of Herman Melville (1819-91), one of America's more enigmatic literary geniuses. Rather than build Melville up—and then hunt him down—as ... Skaityti visą apžvalgą

Melville: a biography

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Robertson-Lorant's exuberantly written account retells the near-mythic story of the sailor turned novelist whose plunge into metaphysical speculation lost him the sizable audience he had won with ... Skaityti visą apžvalgą

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Lofty Origins
1
Snug Investments
17
Elegant Negligence
31
Tormented with an Itch for Things Remote
51
A Naturally Roving Disposition
73
The Wild the Watery the Unshored
87
The Floodgates of the WonderWorld
105
A Litde Experience in the Art of BookCraft
127
Fierce Cannibal Delight
151
Creating the Creative
175
The Man Who Lived Among the Cannibals
195
The Prince of Whales
217
The Ardent Virginian
239
A Sort of SeaFeeling in the Country
257
One Grand Hooded Phantom
275
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