Melville by Laurie Robertson-Lorant
A Biography

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With energetic prose and a gift for relating colorful detail, Laurie Robertson-Lorant presents a richly written biography of Herman Melville, whose life of adventure, struggle, and moral conflict mirrored the themes in his writing, including his masterpiece of world literature, Moby Dick. 40 illustrations.
 

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Published May 14, 1996 by Clarkson Potter. 736 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, History. Non-fiction

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Rather than build Melville up--and then hunt him down--as a ``Great White Male,'' Robertson-Lorant explores the sensitive soul of the creator of Moby-Dick--a sensitivity symbolized, to her mind, by Melville's death from ``an enlargement of the heart.'' Melville grew up in New York City and, after...

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If sheer bulk were enough to make a book definitive, respected Melville scholar Parker's encyclopedic but rather unwieldy biography would certainly be the one to beat.

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In nautical terms, poet and Melville scholar Robertson-Lorant writes that ""as long as the values of the marketplace ruled,"" Melville was ""doomed to be a castaway."" Only in 1924, a generation after his death, did the publication of his unfinished late masterpiece, Billy Budd, launch his reputa...

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