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Billy Budd, Sailor

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ISBN-10: 0671731440

ISBN-13: 9780671731441

Edition: N/A

Authors: Herman Melville

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Melville's short novel is accompanied by explanatory notes, excerpts of criticism, and material on its historical background.
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Book details

List price: $3.99
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 9/15/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 48
Size: 4.25" wide x 6.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.198
Language: English

Melville was born into a seemingly secure, prosperous world, a descendant of prominent Dutch and English families long established in New York State. That security vanished when first, the family business failed, and then, two years later, in young Melville's thirteenth year, his father died. Without enough money to gain the formal education that professions required, Melville was thrown on his own resources and in 1841 sailed off on a whaling ship bound for the South Seas. His experiences at sea during the next four years were to form in part the basis of his best fiction. Melville's first two books, Typee (1846) and Omoo (1847), were partly romance and partly autobiographical travel books…