Who is Herman MelvilleHerman 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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Herman Melville Poems
- Inscription For Graves At Pea Ridge, Arkansas
Let none misgive we died amiss
When here we strove in furious fight:
Furious it was; nathless was this
Better than tranquil plight, ...
- Apathy And Enthusiasm
- The Armies Of The Wilderness
- Battle Of Stone River, Tennessee
A View from Oxford Cloisters.
- The Battle For The Mississipppi
When Israel camped by Migdol hoar, ...
Top 10 most used topics by Herman MelvilleNever 35 Long 31 Fight 29 Deep 26 Heart 23 Sea 22 View 22 Strong 21 Light 21 Battle 21
Herman Melville Quotes
- A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things.
- He who has never failed somewhere... that man can not be great.
- It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
- Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed.
- There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes the whole universe for a vast practical joke.
Comments about Herman Melville
- Boscobel19751: john bayley writing about patrick o’brian (and by extension herman melville). “the reader today has become conditioned, partly by academic critics, to look in melville and conrad for the larger issues and deeper significances, rather than enjoying the play of life...
- W_tripsolution: “it is not down in any map; true places never are.” – herman melville
- Getupmyfriend1: it is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. ~ herman melville
- Spaghettibot3: herman melville is overrated
- Sd58kengard: here is the answer to today’s trivia question: q: in herman melville’s novel “moby dick,” who was the loyal, reasonable first mate? a: starbuck