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Herman Melville
The Contemporary Reviews

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  • Date Published: October 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521121156

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  • Herman Melville: The Contemporary Reviews reprints virtually all the known contemporary reviews of his writings from the 1840s until his death in 1891. Many of the reviews are reprinted from hard-to-locate contemporary newspapers and periodicals. These materials document the response of the reviewers to specific works and show the course of Melville's nineteenth century reputation as travel writer, romancer, short-story writer, and poet.

    • The volume reprints all the known contemporary reviews of Melville's writings, with the exception of a few very short notices
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    "All libraries serving serious students of literature should have these volumes." Q. Grigg, Choice

    "An invaluable reference that reprints virtually all known contemporary reviews of Herman Melville's (1819-1891) writings from the 1840s until his death. Many of the reviews are reprinted from relatively inaccessible contemporary newspapers and periodicals. These materials document the responses of reviewers to specific works and chart the course of Melville's 19th-century reputation as a travel writer, romance writer, short-story writer, and poet." Book News

    "This invaluable compilation reprints virtually all the known reviews of Melville's writings from the 1840s until his death in 1891. Most of the reviews are reprinted from hard-to-locate newspapers and periodicals, unavailable (except with great difficulty and expense) to most students of nineteenth-century literary culture, who can benefit mightily from seeing how Melville's contemporaries responded to his work." Nineteenth-Century Literature

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    • Date Published: October 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521121156
    • length: 588 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Typee
    2. Omoo
    3. Mardi
    and A Voyage Thither
    4. Redburn
    5. White-jacket
    6. Moby-Dick
    7. Pierre
    or, The Ambiguities
    8. Israel Potter: his fifty years of exile
    9. The Piazza tales
    10. The confidence-man: his masquerade
    11. Battle-pieces and aspects of the war
    12. Clarel: a poem and pilgrimage in the Holy Land
    Index.

  • Editors

    Brian Higgins, University of Illinois, Chicago

    Hershel Parker, University of Delaware

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