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Billy Budd and the Piazza Tales

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ISBN-10: 1593082533

ISBN-13: 9781593082536

Edition: N/A

Authors: Herman Melville, Robert G. O'Meally, George Stade

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Largely neglected in his own lifetime, Herman Melville mastered not only the great American novel but also the short story and novella forms. In "Billy Budd and The" "Piazza Tales," Melville reveals an uncanny awareness of the inscrutable nature of reality. Published posthumously in 1924, "Billy Budd" is a masterpiece second only to Melville's "Moby-Dick," This complex short novel tells the story of " the handsome sailor" Billy who, provoked by a false charge, accidentally kills the satanic master-at-arms. Unable to defend himself due to a stammer, he is hanged, going willingly to his fate. Although typically ambiguous, "Billy Budd" is seen by many as a testament to Melville's ultimate…    
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Book details

List price: $7.95
Publisher: Barnes & Noble, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.682
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…