Herman Melville: An Introduction (Wiley Blackwell Introductions to Literature)

Kelley, Wyn

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Synopsis: 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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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. Using the extraordinary “Agatha” correspondence with Nathaniel Hawthorne as a key to Melville's writing practices, beliefs, and inclinations, the volume introduces Melville as a writer who constantly reflected on his craft and experimented with new forms and genres.

Arranged chronologically, the volume focuses on Typee, Moby-Dick, and Billy Budd, as well as other novels, short fiction, and poems, to explore Melville's distinctive narrative style. A biography, summaries of key works, interpretation, commentary, and an extensive bibliography are all included.

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