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Although he surprised the world in 1866 with his first published book of poetry, Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War , Herman Melville had long been steeped in poetry. This new offering in the authoritative Northwestern-Newberry series, The Writings of Herman Melville , with a historical note by Hershel Parker, is testament to Melville the poet. Penultimate in the publication of the series, Published Poems follows the release of Melville's verse epic, Clarel (1876), and with it, contains the entirety of the poems published during Melville's lifetime: Battle-Pieces , as well as John Marr and Other Sailors , with Some Sea-Pieces (1888), and Timoleon Etc. (1891). As with the other volumes in the Northwestern-Newberry series, the aim of this edition of Published Poems is to present a text as close to the author's intention as surviving evidence permits. To that end, the editorial appendix includes a historical note by Hershel Parker, the dean of Melville scholars, which gives a compelling, in-depth account of how one of America's greatest writers grew into the vocation of a poet; an essay by G. Thomas Tanselle on the printing and publishing history of the works in Published Poems; a textual record that identifies the copy-texts for the present edition and explains the editorial policy; and substantial scholarly notes on individual poems.
|Publication date:||28th October 2020|
|Publisher:||Northwestern University Press|
|Format:||Paperback / softback|
Herman Melville (1819-91), the American novelist, reviewer, short-story writer, poet, and essayist, worked at various times as a teacher, sailor, farmer, and (for nineteen years) as a customs inspector. He died at seventy-two, in relative obscurity, still in the course of publishing his poetry in small, privately printed editions and with Billy Budd, Sailor not yet completed. In addition to his masterpiece, Moby-Dick, Melville wrote several notable novels and books of poetry. With the publication of Published Poems and the forthcoming Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Late Manuscripts, all will have been published in a comprehensive Northwestern-Newberry Edition.More About Herman Melville
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