Herman Melville -

Herman Melville



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American novelist and poet Herman Melville is considered by many to be the finest author his nation has produced. This book begins by exploring the revival of interest in Melville's work thirty years after his death, which coincided with the aftermath of World War I and the rise of modernism. Hayes examines the composition and reception of Melville's works, including his first two books, Typee and Omoo, his more ambitious works and the novels and short fiction he wrote during the forty years after the publication of Moby-Dick . Hayes examines Melville's poetry, taking the story through the American Civil War, which inspired his first published collection of verse, Battle-Pieces, and how Melville's time in London influenced and inspired his work. Incorporating a wealth of new information about Melville's life and the time in which he lived, Herman Melville is a concise and engaging introduction to the life of this feted but often misunderstood writer.

Product code: 9781780238074

ISBN 9781780238074
No. Of Pages 248
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H200xW130
Series Critical Lives
Publisher Reaktion Books
This fast-paced new biography surveys all Herman Melville's major works and tells the compelling story of his unpredictable professional and personal life.