The first of a two-volume project, this book by a lifelong scholar of Melville's life, works, and milieu pinpoints the facts of Melville's life with great accuracy and completeness. Melville here appears amid the all-too-human hopes and anxieties that inspired and ensnared him during his early career, when he passed from the status of America's first literary symbol to that of a still-young man who dared to write Shakespearean prose. 40 illustrations.

Herman Melville: A Biography 2002, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD

ISBN-13: 9780801868924

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Herman Melville: A Biography 1996, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD

ISBN-13: 9780801854286

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