Herman Melville: Complete Poems (Loa #320): Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War / Clarel / John Marr and Other Sailors / Timoleon / Posthumous & Unco

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About the Author

Herman Melville (1819-1891) sailed as an ordinary seaman in the Pacific as a young man, turning these experiences into a series of romances that launched his literary career. By 1850 he was married, had acquired a farm near Pittsfield, Massachussetts, and was hard at work on his masterpiece Moby-Dick. Literary success soon faded and in 1863, during the Civil War, he moved back to New York City, where from 1866-1885 he was a deputy inspector in the Custom House. A draft of a final prose work, Billy Budd, Sailor, was left unfinished and unknown until its rediscovery and publication in 1924.

Hershel Parker is the H. Fletcher Brown Professor Emeritus at the University of Delaware, the General Editor for the final two volumes of the Northwestern-Newberry Edition of The Writings of Herman Melville, and the author of several books, including Melville: The Making of the Poet and Herman Melville: A Biography, a finalist in 1997 for the Pulitzer Prize.


"Melville wrote oceans of prose; the poetry didn't lag far behind. Library of America [has issued] a comprehensive 1,000-page collection of that poetry, and if all you know of this marine master is Moby-Dick, it's high time to dip your toes in the lyrical swash." --Colin Fleming, The Washington Post

"One hundred years after his birth, Melville would be rediscovered on the basis of his prose. Two hundred years on, he's due for a complete reckoning. . . . Complete Poems, edited by Hershel Parker and published on the occasion of Melville's bicentennial, should convince any reader that Melville's poetry was the coherent, sustained output of a conscious craftsman." --The Times Literary Supplement