In this fascinating and revealing book, first published in 1968, Maxwell examines the life and work of Herman Melville. By dividing extracts of Melville’s work in chronological order, the sections clearly illustrate the various facets of Melville’s technique and thought as it evolves. This title is essential reading for students of American Literature.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Chronological Table; 1. Herman Melville – His Life and Works 2. Scheme of Extracts 3. Early Novels: Narrative, Ideas, Characterisation 4. ‘Moby Dick’ – Story into Symbol 5. ‘Bartleby’, ‘Benito Cereno’: Social Man and the Outcast 6. ‘The Confidence-Man’: Melville as Satirist 7. ‘Billy Budd’: Final Views and Their Expression; Bibliography