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Herman Melville

A Half-Known Life

Bryant, John

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1. Auflage September 2020
400 Seiten, Hardcover
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A comprehensive exploration of Melville's formative years, providing a new biographical foundation for today's generations of Melville readers

Herman Melville: A Half Known Life, Volumes 1 and 2, follows Herman Melville's life from early childhood to his astonishing emergence as a bestselling novelist with the publication of Typee in 1846. These volumes comprise the first half of a comprehensive biography on Melville, grounded in archival research, new scholarship, and incisive critical readings. Author John Bryant, a distinguished Melville scholar, editor, critic, and educator, traces the events and experiences that shaped the many-stranded consciousness of one of literature's greatest writers. This in-depth and innovative biography covers Melville's family history and literary friendships, his father-longing, god-hunger, and search for the hidden nature of Being, the genesis of his liberal politics, his empathy for African Americans, Native Americans, Polynesians, South Americans, and immigrants.

Original perspectives on Melville's earliest identities--orphaned son, sibling, farmer, teacher, debater, lover, actor, sailor--provide the context for Melville's evolution as a writer. The biography presents new information regarding Melville's reading, his early orations and acting experience, his life at sea and on the road, and the unsettling death of his older, rival brother from mercury poisoning. It provides insights on experiences such as Melville's trauma at the loss of his father, his learning to write amidst a coterie siblings, his struggles to find work during economic depression, his journey West, his life in whaling and in the navy, and his vagabondage in the South Pacific during the moment of American and European imperial incursions. A significant addition to Melville scholarship, this important biographical work:
* Explores the nature and development of Melville's creative consciousness, through the lens of his revisions in manuscript and print
* Assesses Melville's sexual growth and exploration of the spectrum of his masculinities
* Highlights Melville's relevance in contemporary democratic society
* Discusses Melville's blending of dark humor and tragedy in his unique version of the picturesque
* Examines the 'replaying' of Melville's life traumas throughout his entire works, from Typee, Omoo, Redburn, White-Jacket, Moby-Dick, Pierre, Israel Potter, and The Confidence-Man to his shorter works, including "Bartleby," his epic Clarel, his poetry, and his last novella Billy Budd
* Covers such cultural and historical events as the American revolution of his grandparents, the whaling industry, New York slavery, street life and theater in Manhattan, the transatlantic slave trade, the Jacksonian economy, Indian removal, Pacific colonialism, and westward expansion

Written in an engaging style for scholars and general readers alike, Herman Melville: A Half Known Life, Volumes 1 and 2 is an indispensable new source of information and insights for those interested in Melville, 19th-century and modern literature and culture, and readers of general American history and literary culture.

Volume 1 Eternal Ifs: Infant, Boy, and Man (1819-1840) 0

Introduction 5347

1 Manhattan and Albany (1819-1832) 0

Chap 1 Last Leaves, New Leaf 5085

Chap 2 Commerce and Providence 3248

Chap 3 Home and Street 6921

Chap 4 Awakenings 6487

Chap 5 The Secret of Our Paternity 7042

Chap 6 Marriage of New England and New York 2647

Chap 7 Recuperations 2588

Chap 8 School Boy and Reader 4694

Chap 9 The Birth of Ishmael 3166

2 Growing up Gansevoort (1832-1836) 0

Chap 10 Patriarch and Hero 4153

Chap 11 Gansevoort and the Indians 3373

Chap 12 Broken Temple 4576

Chap 13 Jackson and the Negro 2706

Chap 14 Albany and Africa 4625

Chap 15 Black Gansevoort 3092

Chap 16 Mourning and Arousal 4922

Chap 17 Summer of Plague 5104

Chap 18 Spoils and Debt 1811

Chap 19 Working Boy: Steam & Temptation 4525

Chap 20 Moving Up 3433

3 Sibling Coterie (1836) 0

Chap 21 Brother Gansevoort 6562

Chap 22 Happiness and Power 4568

Chap 23 Sister Helen 4116

*Chap 24 Emancipated School Girl 7423

Chap 25 Sister Augusta 6307

Chap 26 Dark-eyed Darling 5368

Chap 27 Composing Yourself 4830

4 Inland Identities:

Farmer, Teacher, Debater, Lover, Writer (1836-1839) 0

*Chap 28 "Deep Inland There I" 4327

Chap 29 Uncle Thomas 5732

Chap 30 Schoolmaster 6065

Chap 31 Debater and Cosmopolite 8335

Chap 32 Lansingburgh: River Banks & Bankruptcy 2911

Chap 33 The Intimacy of Reading 6206

Chap 34 Occasional Writting & Reading 5813

*Chap 35 Love is then our Duty 6862

Chap 36 Published Writer 4784

5 The Imperative of Travel (1839) 0

Chap 37 On the Go Off 4607

Chap 38 Circumambulating Manhattan 3617

Chap 39 Heading Out to Sea 2892

Chap 40 Brotherhood of Outcasts 4860

Chap 41 Secret Sympathy 3448

6 First Voyage (1839) 0

Chap 42 Along the Marge 1941

Chap 43 His First Crew 3472

Chap 44 Learning the Ropes 4414

Chap 45 No School Like a Ship

for Studying Human Nature 4512

Chap 46 Irish Sea and Liverpool 5461

7 Liverpool and Back (1839-1840) 0

Chap 47 The Liverpool of His Father 5458

Chap 48 Roscoe and the Picture of Liverpool 6584

Chap 49 What Melville Saw in Liverpool 4035

Chap 50 The Moment of Liverpool 4460

Chap 51 Home Again: Teacher Again 5005

Chap 52 Rent 5153

Chap 53 Maria's Boys 7029

Volume 2 Melville at Sea (1840-1846)

8 Out West (1840) 0

Chap 54 On the Road 3253

Chap 55 On the Canal 3653

Chap 56 Up in Michigan 2303

Chap 57 Chicago and Galena 2670

Chap 58 Versions of Prairie 2731

Chap 59 The Falls of St. Anthony 1464

Chap 60 Lonely Watcher 3168

Chap 61 Rivers and Scars 6134

9 The Atlantic (1841) 0

Chap 62 Four Weeks' Residence in Manhattan 4139

Chap 63 Mean Streets 5723

Chap 64 New Bedford 4669

Chap 65 Ready for Sea 3842

Chap 66 Ship and Space 6203

Chap 67 First Lowering 6155

Chap 68 Unimaginable Accidents 4642

Chap 69 Tornadoed Atlantic of My Being 5235

10 The Pacific (1841-1842) 0

Chap 70 My Dear Pacific 4568

Chap 71 Work and Love 5237

Chap 72 This Thing of the Essex 6500

Chap 73 Forecastle Conversation 6267

Chap 74 Lover of the Picturesque 3791

Chap 75 Versions of Picturesque 2772

11 The Marquesas (1842) 0

Chap 76 Nuku Hiva 5488

Chap 77 Jumping Ship 6280

Chap 78 Island Masculinities 5918

Chap 79 Taipi and Typee 6187

Chap 80 Escaping Paradise 6413

12 Tahiti, Eimeo, Hawai'i (1842-1843) 0

Chap 81 Good and Faithful Seaman 4839

Chap 82 Reluctant Mutineer 4490

Chap 83 Resistance and Vulnerability 4323

Chap 84 Comic Consciousness 5039

Chap 85 Tahiti As Is 5916

Chap 86 Cosmopolitan Polynesia 4629

Chap 87 Not Until Honolulu Was I Aware 5633

Chap 88 Colonial Consciousness 4412

13 In the Navy (1843-1844) 0

Chap 89 Herman Melville O. S. 6074

Chap 90 Ordinary Seamen 5030

Chap 91 Miracle of Art 4840

Chap 92 Tearless in Lima 3259

Chap 93 Humiliation and Riot 5137

Chap 94 Theater of War 4752

14 Sailor Come Home (1844-1845) 0

Chap 95 Beloved Brother 8027

Chap 96 Tableaux Vivants 7189

Chap 97 First Unfoldings 5811

15 Writing Typee (1845-1846) 0

Chap 98 Tinker, Alter, Erupt 4982

Chap 99 The Language of My Companion 6225

Chap 100 Translating Taipi 5358

Chap 101 Melville in Eruption 5192

Chap 102 Smuggling Verbalist 4450

16 Practiced Writer (1846) 0

Chap 103 Brothers Together 7857

Chap 104 Broken Sword 4900

Total 253761

vol. 1 256702

vol. 2 253761
John Bryant is a leading Melville scholar and Professor Emeritus of English at Hofstra University. He is the author of A Companion to Melville Studies, Melville and Repose, The Fluid Text, Melville Unfolding, and over 70 articles on Melville and related nineteenth-century writers. He is the founder and Editor Emeritus of Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, and founder and Director of the Melville Electronic Library. He received the Distinguished Editor Award from Council of Editors of Learned Journals in 2015.

J. Bryant, Hofstra University