Archiv der Kategorie: Melville, Herman

Melville, Herman, a noted American novelist and writer of travel and adventure; born at New York, August 1, 1819; died there, September 28, 1891. At the age of eighteen he shipped as a sailor before the mast, to Liverpool. Four years after he set out upon a whaling voyage in the South Pacific. On account of the abuse of the captain, he ran away from the ship at one of the Marquesas Islands. After many adventures, which he narrates in his „Typee,“ he made his escape on board a whaler. About 1850 he took up his residence at Pittsfield, Mass., but subsequently removed to New York, where he was appointed to a place in the Custom House. His works are „Typee, a Peep at Polynesian Life“ (1846); „Omoo, a Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas“ (1847); „Mardi, and a Voyage Thither“ (1848); „Redburn“ (1848); „White Jacket, or the World in a Man-of-War“ (1850); „Pierre, or the Ambiguities “ (1852); „Moby Dick, or the White Whale“ (1851); „Israel Potter, His Fifty Years of Exile“ (1855); „The Piazza Tales“ (1856); „The Confidence Man“ (1857); „Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War,“ a volume of poems (1866); „Clarel, a Pilgrimage in the Holy Land,“ a poem (1876); „John Marr and Other Sailors,“ a story (1888); and „Timoleon,“ poems (1891).

Mardi: And A Voyage Thither

Mardi: And A Voyage Thither – Herman Melville Mardi is, unlike Melville’s typically autobiographical novels, a work of pure fiction. Like in Typee and Omoo the work narrates the travelings of an American sailor who abandons his whaling vessel to … Weiterlesen

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Redburn – His First Voyage

Redburn – His First Voyage – Herman Melville Redburn is a semi-autobiographical novel concerning the sufferings of a refined youth among coarse and brutal sailors and the seedier areas of Liverpool. This theme of a youth confronted by realities and … Weiterlesen

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Omoo: Adventures in the South Seas

Omoo: Adventures in the South Seas – Herman Melville Omoo:is Melville’s sequel to Typee, and, as such, is also considered autobiographical. After leaving Nuku Hiva, the main character ships aboard a whaling vessel which makes its way to Tahiti, after … Weiterlesen

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The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade

The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade – Herman Melville Typee was Melville’s first book, originally published in London in 1846. Even today it is an absolute classic in travel and adventure literature and is partly based on the author’s actual experiences on … Weiterlesen

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Typee: A Romance of the South Seas

Typee: A Romance of the South Seas – Herman Melville Typee was Melville’s first book, originally published in London in 1846. Even today it is an absolute classic in travel and adventure literature and is partly based on the author’s … Weiterlesen

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Pierre: Or, The Ambiguities

Pierre: Or, The Ambiguities – Herman Melville Pierre; or, The Ambiguities was first published in New York in 1852. The plot makes it a Gothic novel and evolves around the tensions in Pierre Glendinning’s family. There are his widowed mother, … Weiterlesen

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White-Jacket: Or The World In A Man-Of-War

White-Jacket: Or The World In A Man-Of-War – Herman Melville White-Jacket is a novel that perfectly reflects on the American naval life of the 19th century and is widely based on his own experiences when he sailed on the USS … Weiterlesen

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Clarel: A Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy Land

Clarel: A Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy Land – Herman Melville Who could possibly have foreseen that the author of “Typee” and “Omoo” would at last appear as the author of a poem of 18,000 lines, inspired by religious … Weiterlesen

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