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Friday, November 14, 2014
Herman Melville's "Moby Dick" was Published - November 14, 1851
This week (November 14 – 20) in English literary history –
Herman Melville’s Moby Dick was
published (November 14, 1851); Charles Dickens published the final chapters of A Tale of Two Cities in All the Year Round (November 15, 1859);
Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News wins
National Book Award (November 17, 1993); Poet Allen Tate was born (November 19,
1899); Henry James published his first novel Roderick Hudson (November 20, 1875).
Highlighted story of the week -
On November 14, 1851, Herman Melville published Moby Dick. The book was a failure, but years
later was recognized as an American classic. Melville was born on August 1,
1819 in New York City. A childhood bout of scarlet fever left him with weakened
eyes. At age 19, he became a cabin boy on a ship bound for Liverpool and he later
sailed to the South Seas on a whaler, the Acushnet, which anchored in Polynesia.
He took part in a mutiny, was thrown in jail in Tahiti, escaped, and wandered
around the South Sea Islands from 1841 to 1844. In 1846, he published his first
novel, Typee, based on his Polynesian
adventures. His second book, Omoo
(1847), also dealt with the South Seas. The two novels was a success, although
his third, Mardi (1849), more
experimental in nature, failed to catch on with the public. During this period,
Melville bought a farm near Nathaniel Hawthorne's house in Massachusetts, and
the two became close friends, although they later drifted apart. Melville wrote
for journals and continued to publish novels. Moby Dick was coolly received, but his short stories were highly
acclaimed. Putnam's Monthly published
"Bartleby the Scrivener" in 1853 and "Benito Cereno" in
1855. In 1866, Melville won appointment as a customs inspector in New York, which
brought him a stable income and he continued to write until his death on
September 28, 1891. His last novel, Billy
Budd, was not published until 1924. Melville was buried at Woodlawn
Cemetery, The Bronx, New York.
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