Herman Melville

About the Author: Elizabeth Hardwick

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  • Hardcover
  • 176 pages
  • Herman Melville
  • Elizabeth Hardwick
  • English
  • 17 November 2017
  • 0670891584

Herman Melville Known For Her Masterful Critical Interpretation And Award Winning Novelistic Talent, Elizabeth Hardwick Presents Her Take On Arguably The Most Important Classic American Literary Figure, Herman Melville Melville S Moby Dick Continues To Be The Quintessential American Masterpiece Despite The Modern Day Acclaim Melville Has Received, Much Of His Work Was Misunderstood And Badly Received At The Time Of Its Publication Hardwick Explores The Tumultuous Career Of Melville, From His Dangerous Days As A Whaler Off The Coast Of The South Sea Islands, To His Employment As A Customs Inspector In New York City, His Failure To Achieve Literary Success, His Ill Health, Debts, And Ultimately, His Steadfast Refusal To Stop Writing Though His Masterfully Wrought Work Was Rediscovered In The 1920 S, Melville Was Not To See The Fruits Of His Labor In His Lifetime He Died In Poverty And Obscurity.

10 thoughts on “Herman Melville

  1. James says:

    This short biography successfully integrates Herman Melville s life with his literary works Following a couple of introductory chapters Hardwick identifies most of the remainder with specific novels or shorter works by the author While its brevity prevents this biography from the Penguin Lives series from being comprehensive it still is worth reading for both the insights of Elizabeth Hardwick and her impeccable prose With the inclusion of a thoughtful afterword and useful bibliographic sug This short biograph...

  2. Robin Friedman says:

    Melville s Sleepless NightsAfter reading Elizabeth Hardwick s lyrical introspective 1979 novel, Sleepless Nights , I turned to this book to learn how Hardwick viewed one of my favorite authors Born in Kentucky, Elizabeth Hardwick 1916 2007 was a co founder of the New York Review of Books and a critic and essayist who had written about Melville s Bartleby She also endured a long difficult marriage to the American poet Robert Lowell.It is tempting to see a connection between the reclusive...

  3. Alex says:

    I just can t rate this book higher than a star for a number of reasons It presents a surface reading of Melville s opus and an unsubstantive account of his life The author does have a certain gift for languageI would call her style a little florid, a bit brusque, but not necessarily in a bad way A sentence without a verb seems to be one of her favorite constructions It doesn t fl...

  4. John Pistelli says:

    A review with, or in, digressions Elizabeth Hardwick, who died a decade ago at 91, is having a literary revival Her collected essays are due later this year articles abound, and will abound Sentences are offered for our delectation Sarah Nicole Prickett gives us this observation of Bloomsbury Certain peripheral names scratch the mind Having written a dissertation chapter on Virginia Woolf while persisting in total indifference even to Leonard and Vanessa, to say nothing of Lytton and Dun A review with, or in, digression...

  5. Dwwebber says:

    Elizabeth Hardwick s last book, wherein she shares her considerable enthusiasm for Melville Her four page discussion of Bartleby is a revised version of her essay published in 1983 Of course, in this short, highly readable book this is in the Penguin Lives Series you get neither a full biography nor a full critical review which she s the first to admit Her purpose is to promote reading of Typee, Redburn, and The Confidence Man in addition to thepopular works like Moby Dick I cert Elizabeth Hardwick s last book, wherein she shares her considerable enthusiasm for Melville Her four page discussion of Bartleby is a revised version of her essay published in 1983 Of course, in this short, highly readable book this is in the Penguin Lives Series you get neither a full biography nor a full critical review which she s the first to admit Her purpose is to promote reading of Typee, Redburn, and The Confidence Man in ad...

  6. Sarah says:

    There s a littlethat could be said about the life, and a lotthat could be said about the work Hardwick freely admits to skipping over Mardi, Pierre, Clarel, some of the short stories and all the poetry that isn t Battle Pieces and Aspects of the War , but otherwise this is fantastic a genuine sympathy and admiration for how Melville persisted in writing despite everything he suffered, respect for the ambiguity and mystery that still hangs over so much of what we know about him, uns There s a littlethat could be said about the life, and a lotthat could be said about the work Hardwick freely admits to skipping over Mardi, Pierre, Clarel, some of the short stories and all the poetry that isn t Battle Pieces and Aspects of the War , but otherwise this is fantastic a genuine sympathy and admiration for how Melville persisted in writing despite everything he suffered, respect for the ambiguity and mystery that still hangs over so much of what we know about him, unsparing clarity of insight I can get very protective and outspoken over Melville, but I was in agreement w...

  7. Bruce says:

    A short, impressionistic survey of the author s biography, works, and criticism about them Hardwick confesses in her afterword toemphasis on Melville s most popular prose, Moby Dick, Billy Budd and Bartleby the Scrivener, admitting that critics have found much of interest in, what she terms, the forbidding texts Mardi, Pierre, and Clarel. In the matter of biography, I have given space to the obsessive relation with Hawthorne and to the homoerotic refrain throughout the books Th A short, impressionistic survey of the author s biography, works, and criticism abou...

  8. Jon says:

    One of the Penguin Brief Lives, similar in brevity to Nathaniel Philbrick s Why Read Moby DickHardwick outlines Melville s own early experiences at sea, examines his family life such as it was and his relations with other writers She records his sad, long life in spite of finally writing Billy Budd virtually on his death bed , never well known His New York Times obituary recorded his first name as Henry She also describes each of his early novels in some detail and wonders at the fantas One of the Penguin Brief Lives, similar in brevity to Nathaniel Philbrick s Why Read Moby DickHardwick outlines Melville s own early experiences at sea, examines his family life such as it was and his relations with other writers She records his sad, long life in spite of finally writing Billy Budd virtually on his death bed , never well known His New York Times obituary recorded his first name as Henry She also describes each of his early novels in some detail and wonders at the fantastic explosion of genius in Moby Dick She is vivid about his wrestling with Providence and futurity, God and nothingness, in what Hawthorne called his relentless wandering to and fro over these desertsdismal and monotonous She is remarkably skilled at reporting without ...

  9. Mick says:

    Short and interesting, but almost too short It s a good book for someone not familiar with Melville or his works Hardwick admits in the afterward to giving both Pierre and Clarel short shrift the absence of which hurts her attempt to discuss reoccurring themes and motifs in Melville s wor...

  10. John says:

    A friend loaned me this short book, feeling I might like it I hadn t told him that I wasn t at all interested in all those sea themed books of Melville s, but in looking through it recently I noticed that the biographical sections, not focusing on the stories themselves, seemed readable Glad I selected it, having skimmed through the lit crit parts Definitely recommended for Melville fans, and biography readers in general Footnote he seems to have written a rather campy sounding novel, Pierr A friend loaned me this short book, feeling I might like it I hadn t told him that I wasn t at all interested in all those sea themed books of Melville s, but in looking through it recently I noticed that the biographic...