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.
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
The 16 volumes in this set, originally published between 1963 and 1996, explore the American Novel, with a focus on several of the most influential authors in U.S. history. The volumes examine the works of Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, William Faulkner and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The titles in this set also explore the recurring themes in American Literature, particularly that of the ‘American Dream’. This set will be of interest to students of Literature and American History.