HERMAN MELVILLE

 

  HERMAN MELVILLE WAS THE AUTHOR OF MOBY DICK AND OTHER SEAFARING NOVELS

 

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Whalers in for the killing of a Right Whale, harpooneer ready to strike a death blow.

 

 

Herman Melville was the author of a number of useful books about life at sea and whaling, drawing upon his own experiences and embellishing them with facts and fictional emphasis to create some truly influential works.

 

As  writer, he started putting pen to paper to record the stories he used to tell his friends and family. His first two books were a great commercial success, but with Moby Dick he did not do so well, and subsequent deviation from the nautical theme did not serve him well, until he virtually gave up writing book length stories from disillusionment in favour of poems, and working in other relatively mundane jobs just to get by.

 

This was a great pity for all in the literary world, the good news being that Moby Dick is now recognised for the American classic that it is.


 

 

A portrait of Herman Melville in oils, Copyright picture July 2020

 

 

 

HERMAN'S BOOKS

Typee (1846)
Omoo (1847)
Mardi (1849)
Redburn (1849)
White-Jacket (1850)
Moby Dick (1851)
Pierre (1852)
Israel Potter (1855)
The Confidence-Man (1857)
Billy Budd (1924)

 

 

 

Abraham Storck seascape whalers at Spitsbergen


 Whaling seascape by Abraham Storck 1690, whalers at Spitsbergen

 

 

 

 

LINKS & REFERENCE

 

https://whalinghistory.org/
https://www.whalingmuseum.org/

https://www.whalefacts.org/history-of-whaling/

 

 


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