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Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War Civil War Poems

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ISBN-10: 1406509906

ISBN-13: 9781406509908

Edition: N/A

Authors: Herman Melville

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This reprint of an 1866 volume of poems by the author of "Moby Dick" and "Billy Budd" includes four essays showing why Melville's verse remains misunderstood and neglected. The 72 lyrical poems about the Civil War include works on the hanging of John Brown, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and on the battles at Donelson, Shiloh, and Gettysburg.
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List price: $10.99
Publisher: Dodo Press
Binding: Paperback
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…