Herman Melville's Whaling Years
Based on more than a half-century of research, "Herman Melville's Whaling Years" is an essential work for Melville scholars. In meticulous and thoroughly documented detail, it examines one of the most stimulating periods in the great author's life--the four years he spent aboard whaling vessels in the Pacific during the early 1840s. Melville would later draw repeatedly on these experiences in his writing, from his first successful novel, "Typee," through his masterpiece "Moby-Dick," to the poetry he wrote late in life.
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This meticulous study of the four years Melville spent aboard whaling vessels in the Pacific during the 1840s is the result of Heflin's dissertation at Vanderbilt. Heflin worked on it for most of his life, but his research continued unabated until his death in 1985, and so it remained unpublished. Determined to release Heflin's efforts to the public, Edwards and Heffernan, also Melville scholars, teamed up to do some minor editing and add new references and appendixes. Despite their contribution, however, this remains, in essence, the result of one man's meticulous scholarship and research. Hefflin outlines, in minute detail, the three voyages that Melville undertook on whaling vessels and how those experiences became the raw material for such novels as Moby-Dick and Typee. He is especially skilled at delineating which events from the novels actually took place and which were elaborated on or taken from other books. This is an essential text for any Melville scholar as it provides countless resources on the early years of the writer's life. While the painstaking details may not entice the average reader, there is still enough colorful description to attract those who are fascinated by tales of the sea. For graduate-level academic collections. (Bibliography and index not seen.)-Morris Hounion, New York City Coll. of Technology Lib., CUNY, Brooklyn ...