Herman melville (august 1 1819 - september 28 1891) was an american novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet his first two books gained much attention, though they were not bestsellers, and his popularity declined precipitously only a few years later. Herman melville american author herman melville (1819-1891) is best known for his novel moby-dick his work was a response, though often in a negative or ambivalent way, to the romantic movement that dominated american literature in the mid-19th century. Herman melville, (born august 1, 1819, new york city—died september 28, 1891, new york city), american novelist, short-story writer, and poet, best known for his novels of the sea, including his masterpiece, moby dick (1851. Not until the early 20th century was herman melville's novel moby dick first recognized as a literary masterpiece and touted as a cornerstone of modern american literature etching of joseph o. This review ran in the chicago tribune on sunday, november 6, 2005 by donald weber it remains a startling fact of american literary history that herman melville died in virtual obscurity in his native new york city, in 1891, at 72.
The following checklist records the work of raymond melbourne weaver (1888-1948), a professor and writer who in the 1920s and 1930s explored the life and art of herman melville (1819-1891) when weaver undertook his research, melville was almost three decades dead, and few outside literary and. The concluding volume of herman melville: a biography confirms hershel parker's position as the world's leading melville scholar, demonstrating his unrivaled biographical, literary, and historical imagination and providing a rich new portrait of a great—and profoundly american—artist. Born on august 1, 1819, into a once-prominent new york family, herman melville was raised in an atmosphere of financial instability and genteel pretense after his father's death, melville attempted to support his family by working various jobs, from banking to teaching school.
Melville lived a life of adventure, but also one of hardship born into a well-to-do family of merchants, the melvill's, as they originally spelled their last name, lost it all after father m. Brief biography herman melville, born 1819, died 1891 in new york city from 1819-1850 from 1851-1891 from 1819-1850 melville was born in new york city in 1819 to a family with deep roots in america. The piazza tales is a collection of six short stories by american writer herman melville, published by dix & edwards in the united states in may 1856 and in britain in june. Melville, herman (01 august 1819-28 september 1891), novelist and poet, was born in new york city, the son of allan melvill (as the name was spelled), an importer of parisian dry goods, and maria gansevoort. Mr parker is the author of the most thorough and authoritative account of melville's life (herman melville: a biography, published in two volumes, in 1996 and 2002) the capstone of five decades of research, textual editing and literary analysis, the work is a masterpiece of the biographer's art.
Herman melville: a biography and analysis throughout american history, very few authors have earned the right to be called greatherman melville is one of these few his novels and poems have been enjoyed world wide for over a century, and he has earned his reputation as one of the finest american writers of all time. In this new critical biography, kevin j hayes surveys melville's major works and sheds new light on the writer's unpredictable professional and personal life hayes opens the book with an exploration of 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. Melville remains one of the best american examples of how every important writer is foremost an indefatigable reader of golden books, someone who kneels at the altar of literature not only for. Author study: herman melville learn about herman melville and his books melville was a prominent novelist, short story writer, and poet of nineteenth century america.
Herman melville (august 1, 1819 - september 28, 1891) was an american novelist, essayist and poet during his lifetime, his early novels were popular, but his popularity declined later in his life. Herman melville: a biography, 1851-1891 by hershel parker the definitive life of the great american writer concludes, chronicling melville's fall into obscurity after the critical and commercial failure of moby-dick. The first biography was raymond m weaver's herman melville, mariner and mystic (1921) and his profundities were first sounded, albeit in an idiosyncratic way, in the essays on typee, omoo, and moby-dick collected in dh lawrence's studies in classic american literature (1923.
Description : moby dick is a novel by american writer herman melville the work is an epic sea story of captain ahab's voyage in pursuit of moby dick, a great white whale the work is an epic sea story of captain ahab's voyage in pursuit of moby dick, a great white whale. Melville: a short biography as i begin my class (class) of reading all of herman melville's and nathaniel hawthorne's works, it goes without saying that we shall start with short biographies. Arrowhead, also known as the herman melville house, is a historic house museum in pittsfield, massachusetts it was the home of american author herman melville during his most productive years, 1850-1863.
Best known for his great literary work of moby dick, herman melville is among the most prolific writers of a generation herman was the first american to have his works published by the library of america after collecting them. Melville died an unrecognized, unappreciated genius of american literature although his early writing efforts of the 1840s led to some degree of celebrity as a writer of exotic adventures, by the time he died in 1891, he had fallen almost entirely out of the graces of the american literary scene. Herman melville american literature analysis not the work of a serious writer early life herman melville was born august 1, 1819, in new york city, the second son of allan and maria.