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Cambridge Introduction to Herman Melville

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ISBN-10: 0521671043

ISBN-13: 9780521671040

Edition: 2007

Authors: Kevin J. Hayes

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Despite its indifferent reception when it was first published in 1851, Moby Dick is now a central work in the American literary canon. This introduction offers readings of Melville's masterpiece, but it also sets out the key themes, contexts, and critical reception of his entire oeuvre. The first chapters cover Melville's life and the historical and cultural contexts. Melville's individual works each receive full attention in the third chapter, including Typee, Moby Dick, Billy Budd and the short stories. Elsewhere in the chapter different themes in Melville are explained with reference to several works: Melville's writing process, Melville as letter writer, Melville and the past, Melville…    
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Book details

List price: $25.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/8/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 154
Size: 5.98" wide x 8.98" long x 0.39" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

List of abbreviations
The existential context
The historical context
The urban context
The visual context
The psychological context
The American context
The context of labor
The context of slavery
The world context
The imaginative context
The faces of Types
Omoo: the rover as flaneur
Becoming a great writer: Mardi, Redburn, White-Jacket
Confronting Moby-Dick
Pierre: the making of a tragic hero
Private letters
Rewriting history: Israel Potter and "Benito Cereno"
Modern man: "The Lightning-Rod Man," The Confidence-Man, "Bartleby, the Scrivener"
Battle-Pieces: the voices of war
Clarel, an American epic
The return to prose: Burgundy Club sketches, John Marr
Billy Budd: visions and revisions
Guide to further reading