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A Historical Guide to Herman Melville

Giles Gunn

Abstract

This book gathers together original essays dealing with Herman Melville's relations with his historical era, with class, with the marketplace, with ethnic cosmopolitanism, and with religion. These essays are framed by a new, short biography, an introduction, an illustrated chronology, and a bibliographical essay. Taken together, these pieces afford a fresh and searching set of perspectives on Melville's connections both with his own age and also with our own. This book makes the case, as does no other collection of criticism of its size, for Melville's commanding centrality to nineteenth-centu ... More

Keywords: Herman Melville, biography, nineteenth century, American literature, class, ethnic cosmopolitanism, religion, marketplace

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195142822
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195142822.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Giles Gunn, author
University of California, Santa Barbara