Herman Melville (1819-1891), born August 1, found early success with stories inspired by his adventures in the South Seas. His fortunes declined with the 1851 publication of Moby-Dick, now recognized as a masterpiece but scorned by Melville’s contemporaries. The author was obliged to work as a New York City customs inspector and died in obscurity, three decades before the critical reassessment of his work. (Edelweiss.com) In addition, Melville published additional works of poetry; his first on the Civil War, Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War.
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Recommended Reading Level: R: Grades 9+ RA: Grades 8+ For younger ages, try the Dover Thrift Edition.
Parent/Teacher: Advisory/Discussion Level
Recommended Curriculum/Literature Guides:
- Sonlight: American Literature Core 400
- Veritas Press: Omnibus VI 1st Semester Primary Reading
- Ambleside Online: Year 10
- Literature Guide: Sparknotes available