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Herman Melville: Pierre, Israel Potter, the Confidence-Man, the Piazza Tale (Library of America) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. April 1985


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Herman Melville was born in August 1, 1819, in New York City, the son of a merchant. Only twelve when his father died bankrupt, young Herman tried work as a bank clerk, as a cabin-boy on a trip to Liverpool, and as an elementary schoolteacher, before shipping in January 1841 on the whaler Acushnet, bound for the Pacific. Deserting ship the following year in the Marquesas, he made his way to Tahiti and Honolulu, returning as ordinary seaman on the frigate United States to Boston, where he was discharged in October 1844. Books based on these adventures won him immediate success. By 1850 he was married, had acquired a farm near Pittsfield, Massachussetts (where he was the impetuous friend and neighbor of Nathaniel Hawthorne), and was hard at work on his masterpiece Moby-Dick.

Literary success soon faded; his complexity increasingly alienated readers. After a visit to the Holy Land in January 1857, he turned from writing prose fiction to poetry. In 1863, during the Civil War, he moved back to New York City, where from 1866-1885 he was a deputy inspector in the Custom House, and where, in 1891, he died. A draft of a final prose work, Billy Budd, Sailor, was left unfinished and uncollated, packed tidily away by his widow, where it remained until its rediscovery and publication in 1924.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Lonesome Latter Years 12. Mai 2001
Von K. K. Woofter - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Darkly humorous, cynical, horrific and melancholy, Melville's later works are the capstone to the author's deepening discontent with his America. The vision here can be frustrating: Melville conjures up the most painful, soul-searching mysteries, and then refuses to knot them up with tidy solutions. Instead, Melville deepens the moral ambiguity that seeped through the skin of the transitional Moby Dick in full-length works like Pierre and Billy Budd, Sailor. And the shorter works--among them The Piazza Tales, Benito Cereno, and Bartleby the Scrivener--are imbued with such a longing for any kind of graspable meaning, that their readers, like their characters, find themselves in a ponderous state of shock. The human condition, Melville seems to say, is one of isolation, cast adrift, searching alone for a truth that is, and always will be, inscrutable.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Worth the effort. 9. April 2009
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Nothing I can write can either do justice to this collection or convince you to read it. Those goals are simply out of my persuasive power.

All I can say is that Melville is one of those rare writers who works in the aggregate. He does not hit the nostalgia button like Twain, or compose a jaw-dropping sentence every other paragraph like Dickens. However, after reading much of Melville, a quality of reflection and thought is induced that is equally as valuable, if not superior, to some of his more immediately gratifying contemporaries.

The LA Times stated that this collection "Should find a place on every civilized person's bookshelf." They were spot on.

Combining this collection with Moby-Dick will make you more well-read, it will give you a greater depth to your literary knowledge, but more importantly, it will make you a better human being. And that is worth more than any pretty turn of phrase.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It ain't all Moby Dick 15. März 2002
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If you think that you can't read classic American Literature because it's all so big and intimidating (i.e., Moby Dick) think again. Some of the short stories in this collection of Melville's "other" work are incredibly well-written insights into human nature. (As is Moby Dick, but I digress).
Billy Budd's encounter with "justice," Bartleby's statement that he would "prefer not", Benito Cerino's exploration of slavery-- these tales are not to be missed. You should read this book as a starter, then move on to the BIG OLD white whale.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Still Writing 3. April 2011
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By the end of his life, Melville still kept at it, still kept turning out incredible works. Probably no other American writer has suffered from the hands of the critics (maybe Kerouac) like Melville did. "Melville Crazy" comes to mind. To think that the critics preferred Typee and the likes over Clarel and Moby-Dick! Melville was by far America's best novelist, he could be hilarious and extremely sad, quite depressing and poetic like no other novelist could be. The greatest mystery is how could such an incredible writer have been so misunderstood and ignored? It boggles the mind! The Library of America does its writers such a beautiful service and these volumes are certainly worth the extra money. All of the Melville books are great and this final one is outstanding.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Melville the Great 20. Februar 2016
Von Mike - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Great writing, as usual with Melville. All of the things in the collection have Wikipedia pages, so I would recommend checking there if you want a little more background on them before buying. As usual with Library of America, a solid collection and easy to read, comes with a ribbon to keep your place, but could benefit from an editorial introduction or some context prior to just diving into the works.
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