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 however, it was his adventures as a seaman in. In 1851, when the 32-year-old herman melville published his masterpiece moby- dick, he was already known as a man who'd consorted with cannibals his first book, typee: a peep at polynesian life (1846), was an international sensation a fictional travelogue based on his adventures, some of them sex-. The passages of herman melville, by jay parini, canongate, rrp 1799, 464 pages the term “biofiction” was coined in the 1930s by a mediocre writer, irving stone, who had a brilliant idea why not, stone thought, use fiction to fill in biography's gaps stone duly produced such pioneer “bionovels” as lust. 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 the melvill family was connected to scottish nobility maria was the daughter of general peter gansevoort. The first volume of hershel parker's definitive biography of herman melville—a finalist for the 1997 pulitzer prize—closed on a mid-november day in 1851 in the dining room of the little red inn in lenox, massachusetts, melville had just presented an inscribed copy of his new novel, moby-dick, to his intimate friend.
Having left most of moby-dick with a printer in 1851, herman melville lamented to nathaniel hawthorne that he would go down in history as a man who lived among the cannibals until his death in 1891, melville was known as the author of typee (1846) and omoo (1847)—both semiautobiographical travel books, and. Like herman melville's enraged sea captain, this supremely accomplished scholar believes he is taking on a world that has tried to destroy him 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. Herman melville biography whhhaling ships whhhale blubber whhhaling history i dare say, that most americans 50 years from now will not be able to even understand the high language used by melville in moby dick, since the deliberate dumbing down of america, has been carried out with.
Melville is tied down by parker's lilliputian facts but this book is at least a fine family chronicle, in which melville moves and suffers parker sees that families wallow in detail—in letters, homes, arrangements, travels for the melvill family ( as they spelled their name at the time of herman's birth in 1819). Herman melville was born on the first of august in 1819 in new york city, the third of eight children of allan and maria gansevoort melvill his an. Having left most of moby-dick with a printer in 1851, herman melville lamented to nathaniel hawthorne that he would go down in history as a man who lived among the cannibals until his death in 1891, melville was known as the author of typee (1846) and omoo (1847) -- both semiautobiographical travel books, and.
Herman melville: a biography vol ii: 1851-91 by hershel parker johns hopkins, 997 pp, £3100, may 2002, isbn 0 8018 6892 0 when the narrator of a la recherche du temps perdu at last meets his idol, the great writer bergotte, he gets a terrible shock: instead of the 'white-haired, sweet singer' of his. Herman melville, the third child of allan and maria gansevoort melvill's eight, was born into a socially connected new york family to his socialite parents, from his youth herman did not seem to fit their mold of a good, god-fearing, noble and refined child in 1826 allan melvill wrote of his son as being backward in speech.
Herman melville was an american author known for his novel moby dick learn more at biographycom. 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) heritage and youth melville's heritage and youthful experiences were perhaps crucial in. Born in new york city to a wealthy and socially connected family, herman melville (1819-1891) chose a life as exciting as that of his moby-dick narrator ishmael he spent years at sea on whaling ships and traveled to far-flung places, but also struggled to make it as a novelist while supporting a large. Herman melville august 19, 1819-september 28, 1891 nationality: american birth date: august 19, 1819 place of birth: new york city death date: september 28, 1891 place of death: new york city genre(s): fiction short stories novels poetry adventure fiction table of contents: biographical and.
Jay parini hails the first proper life of the elusive author of moby-dick, andrew delbanco's melville: his world and work.
Shmoop guide to herman melville biography smart, fresh history of herman melville biography by phds and masters from stanford, harvard, berkeley. Early years and education herman melville was born on august 1, 1819, the third of eight children his father, allan melvill (the family changed the spelling of. Herman melville biography - in addition to writing many sea novels, herman melville is the best known author of the highly acclaimed american novel, moby dick (1851) it is quite unfortunate how the masterpiece was given due recognition 30 years after the death of its author however, during his lifetime, herman melville.
Prairie fires: the american dreams of laura ingalls wilder, by caroline fraser ( metropolitan books) a deeply researched and elegantly written portrait of laura ingalls wilder, author of the little house on the prairie series, that describes how wilder transformed her family's story of poverty, failure and struggle into an. Despite these difficulties, herman melville read extensively on his own, consuming mythology, anthropology, and history he was fascinated with shakespeare's poetic devices and their ability to capture an audience he was also raised hearing the thrilling story of the whaleship essex, which was attacked by a whale and. Herman melville developed debilitating physical and psychiatric disorders in middle age after writing, perhaps, the greatest of american novels, moby dick however, melville's clinical course, abnormally rigid posture, loss of 1(3/8) inches in height between the ages of 30 and 37, and a family history of rheumatological.