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Herman Melville

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Herman Melville was born in New York City in 1819. When his father died, he was forced to leave school and find work. After passing through some minor clerical jobs, the eighteen-year-old young man shipped out to sea, first on a short cargo trip, then, at twenty-one, on a three-year South Sea whaling venture. From the experiences accumulated on this voyage would come the material for his early books, Typee (1846) and Omoo (1847), as well as for such masterpieces as Moby-Dick (1851), Pierre (1852), The Piazza Tales (1856) and Billy Budd, Sailor, and Other Stories (posthumous, 1924).

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Billy Budd, Sailor, and Other Stories

Written by Herman Melville


Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: May 1, 1982
Price: $4.95

"Billy Budd, Sailor," Melville's last work, is the masterpiece in which he delivers the final summation in his
"quarrel with God." It is a brilliant study of the tragic clash between social authority and individual freedom, human justice and abstract good. Melville also explores this theme in "Bartelby the Scrivener," his... Read more >
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Billy Budd, Sailor, and Other Stories

Written by Herman Melville


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: August 29, 2006
Price: $1.99

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Complete Shorter Fiction

Written by Herman Melville


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 15, 1997
Price: $24.00

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The Confidence-Man

Written by Herman Melville
Introduction by John Bryant


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $12.95

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The Confidence-Man

Written by Herman Melville
Introduction by John Bryant


Format: eBook, 384 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $9.99

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Four Great American Classics

Written by Herman Melville, Mark Twain and Stephen Crane


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: May 20, 2008
Price: $4.99

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Four Great American Classics

Written by Herman Melville, Mark Twain and Stephen Crane


Format: Paperback, 896 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: December 1, 1992
Price: $7.99

Includes: The Scarlet Letter, The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn, The Red Badge of Courage, Billy Bud, Sailor Read more >
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Moby Dick
or the Whale
Written by Herman Melville
Illustrated by Rockwell Kent


Format: Hardcover, 864 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 5, 1992
Price: $23.00

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Moby-Dick

Written by Herman Melville


Format: Hardcover, 632 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 26, 1991
Price: $26.00

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Moby-Dick

Written by Herman Melville


Format: Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: February 1, 1981
Price: $4.95

No American masterpiece casts quite as awesome a shadow as Melville's monumental Moby Dick. Mad Captain Ahab's quest for the White Whale is a timeless epic--a stirring tragedy of vengeance and obsession, a searing parable about humanity lost in a universe of moral ambiguity. It is the greatest sea story ever... Read more >
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Moby-Dick

Written by Herman Melville


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: November 4, 2003
Price: $1.99

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Moby-Dick
or, The Whale
Written by Herman Melville
Introduction by Elizabeth Hardwick and Rockwell Kent


Format: Trade Paperback, 896 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 10, 2000
Price: $15.00

First published in 1851, Melville's masterpiece is, in Elizabeth Hardwick's words, "the greatest novel in American literature." The saga of Captain Ahab and his monomaniacal pursuit of the white whale remains a peerless adventure story but one full of mythic grandeur, poetic majesty, and symbolic power. Filtered through the consciousness of... Read more >
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The Piazza Tales
(A Modern Library E-Book)
Written by Herman Melville


Format: eBook, 176 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 1, 2000
Price: $9.99

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Redburn

Written by Herman Melville
Introduction by Elizabeth Hardwick


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 10, 2002
Price: $14.95

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Redburn

Written by Herman Melville
Introduction by Elizabeth Hardwick


Format: eBook, 416 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 21, 2010
Price: $9.99

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Tales, Poems, and Other Writings

Written by Herman Melville


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 9, 2002
Price: $29.00

From short masterpieces like “Bartleby the Scrivener” and “Billy Budd” to more obscure, even completely unknown works like the epic poem “Clarel,” Melville’s stories and poems rank among his greatest and most gripping work. This unique anthology–the first of its kind in fifty years–gathers together all of Melville’s tales, as well... Read more >

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Typee
A Peep at Polynesian Life
Written by Herman Melville
Introduction by Robert Sullivan


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 12, 2001
Price: $12.95

A classic adventure and travel story, Typee recounts the exploits of Tom, a runaway sailor, on the South Seas island of Nukuheva, from his capture by Typees, by reputation “a fierce and unrelenting tribe of savages,” to his daring escape when he realizes they have no intention of ever letting him... Read more >

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American 19th Century Literature
Complete Stories; The Golden Bowl; Moby-Dick; Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn; The Age of Innocence
Written by Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, Herman Melville, Mark Twain and Edith Wharton


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: December 21, 2010
Price: $123.00

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