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By Herman Melville

The letters by means of and to Melville during this quantity expand from letters he wrote on the age of 9 in 1828 to ones he despatched and bought throughout the yr prior to his loss of life at seventy-two in 1891. To fill the gaps in the correspondence, 542 editorial entries are chronologically interspersed for letters either via and to Melville for which no complete textual content has been situated yet for which a few facts survives.

This scholarly variation offers a textual content as with regards to the author's purpose as his tough handwriting or different surviving facts allows. Fifty-two newly stumbled on letters by way of Melville, greater than 1/2 that are provided right here for the 1st time, are extra to these published within the 1960 variation. this article is an licensed textual content of the heart for versions of yankee Authors (Modern Language organization of America).

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I. John Murray III: F. Espinasse, “The House of Murray,” Harper’s New Monthly Magazine (September, 1885), p. 520. Page xvi George L. Duyckinck: frontispiece to vol. II of Cyclopædia of American Literature, rev. ed. (Philadelphia: Zell, 1875). The Harper brothers: photograph by Mathew Brady, c. 1850, courtesy of the Library of Congress. Charles F. Briggs: The Knickerbocker Gallery (New York: Hueston, 1855), facing p. [481]. George William Curds: Knickerbocker Gallery, facing p. [329]. George P. Putnam: frontispiece to George Haven Putnam, A Memoir of George Palmer Putnam, vol.

557–61. The invective of Melville’s long letter and its attention to wordplay give some clue as to the debating skills and modes of rhetoric familiar to members of the Philo Logos Society, and again raise the possibility that these letters were written in part as rhetorical exercises designed to attract attention to the club. The full title of the book Melville accuses Van Loon of drawing upon for his “vulgar” rhetoric is Slang. A Dictionary of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, the Pit, of Bon-Ton, and the Varieties of Page 13 Life, Forming the Completest and Most Authentic Lexicon Balatronicum Hitherto Offered to the Notice of the Sporting World, For Elucidating Words and Phrases that are necessarily, or purposely, cramp, mutative, and unintelligible, outside their respective Spheres.

Sealts [followed by entry number] Merton M. , Melville’s Reading. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1988. See also: “A Supplementary Note to Melville’s Reading (1988),” Melville Society Extracts 80 (February 1990), 5–10. Page xiii Sealts, Early Lives Merton M. , The Early Lives of Melville: Nineteenth-Century Biographical Sketches and Their Authors. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1974. Sealts, Melville as Lecturer Merton M. , Melville as Lecturer. : Folcroft, 1973. Thorp Herman Melville: Representative Selections, ed.

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