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This unique introduction explores Herman Melville as he described himself in Billy Budd-"a writer whom few know." Moving beyond the recurring depiction of Melville as the famous author of Moby-Dick, this book traces his development as a writer while providing the basic tools for successful critical reading of his novels. * Offers a brief introduction to Melville, covering all his major works * Showcases Melville's writing process through his correspondence with Nathaniel Hawthorne * Provides a clear sense of Melville's major themes and preoccupations * Focuses on Typee, Moby-Dick, and Billy Budd in individual chapters * Includes a biography, summary of key works, interpretation, commentary, and an extensive bibliography.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781405131582
ISBN-10: 1405131586
Format: Paperback
(231mm x 158mm x 18mm)
Pages: 248
Imprint: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Wyn Kelley

Wyn Kelley is a Senior Lecturer in the Literature Faculty at MIT. She is the author of Melville's City: Literary and Urban Form in Nineteenth-Century New York (1996) and editor of A Companion to Herman Melville (Blackwell, 2006) and an edition of Benito Cereno 2006, and has also written a number of essays on Melville. She is Associate Editor of the Melville Society journal Leviathan.

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