Who is Herman Melville

Herman Melville[a] (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet of the American Renaissance period. Among his best known works are Typee (1846), a romantic account of his experiences of Polynesian life, and his whaling novel Moby-Dick (1851).

Melville was born in New York City, the third child of a merchant who dealt in French dry goods and his wife. Years as a common sailor from 1839 to 1844 were the basis of his early writings. His first book was Typee (1846), a highly romanticized account of his life among Polynesians. It became such a best-seller that he wrote the sequel Omoo (1847). These successes gave him the financial basis to marry Elizabeth Shaw, daughter of a prominent Boston family, but the success prove...
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  • Welfordwrites: better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken christian. herman melville
  • Paestrol: read herman melville william faulkner and virginia woolf.
  • Philip_d_conrad: life's a voyage that's homeward bound. (herman melville
  • Houghtonlib: a thread of some inaugural items from our collections. first, thomas jefferson's 1801 inaugural address. the "herman" mentioned in the gift inscription in the upper left corner is herman melville.
  • Oncology_bg: * lol meant moby-dick by herman melville
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