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Author Hayes, Kevin J.

Title The Cambridge introduction to Herman Melville / Kevin J. Hayes
Published Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 140 pages)
Series Cambridge introductions to literature
Cambridge introductions to literature.
Contents 1. Life -- 2. Contexts -- The existential context -- The historical context -- The urban context -- The visual context -- The psychological context -- The American context -- The context of labor -- The context of slavery -- The world context -- The imaginative context -- 3. Writings -- The faces of Typee -- Omoo : the rover as flaneur -- Becoming a great writer : Mardi, Redburn, White-Jacket -- Confronting Moby-Dick -- Pierre : the making of a tragic hero -- Private letters -- Rewriting history : Israel Potter and "Benito Cereno" -- Modern man : "The lightning-rod man," The confidence-man, "Bartleby, the scrivener" -- Battle-pieces : the voices of war -- Clarel, and American epic -- The return to prose : Burgundy Club sketches, John Marr -- Billy Budd : visions and revisions -- 4. Reception
Summary "Despite its indifferent reception when it was first published in 1851, Moby-Dick is now a central work in the American literary canon. This introduction offers readings of Melville's masterpiece, but it also sets out the key themes, contexts, and critical reception of his entire oeuvre. Kevin J. Hayes provides comprehensive information about Melville's life and works in an accessible book that will be essential for students beginning to read this important author."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 124-134) and index
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Subject Melville, Herman, 1819-1891. -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Authors, American -- 19th century -- Biography -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Genre/Form Handbooks and manuals.
Handbooks and manuals.
Form Electronic book
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Other Titles Herman Melville