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Herman Melville (1819–1891)

Autor de Moby Dick

669+ Obras 68,579 Miembros 1,025 Reseñas 257 Preferidas
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Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 - September 28, 1891) was born into a seemingly secure, prosperous world, a descendant of prominent Dutch and English families long established in New York State. That security vanished when first, the family business failed, and then, two years later, in young mostrar más Melville's thirteenth year, his father died. Without enough money to gain the formal education that professions required, Melville was thrown on his own resources and in 1841 sailed off on a whaling ship bound for the South Seas. His experiences at sea during the next four years were to form in part the basis of his best fiction. Melville's first two books, Typee (1846) and Omoo (1847), were partly romance and partly autobiographical travel books set in the South Seas. Both were popular successes, particularly Typee, which included a stay among cannibals and a romance with a South Sea maiden. During the next several years, Melville published three more romances that drew upon his experiences at sea: Redburn (1849) and White-Jacket (1850), both fairly realistic accounts of the sailor's life and depicting the loss of innocence of central characters; and Mardi (1849), which, like the other two books, began as a romance of adventure but turned into an allegorical critique of contemporary American civilization. Moby Dick (1851) also began as an adventure story, based on Melville's experiences aboard the whaling ship. However, in the writing of it inspired in part by conversations with his friend and neighbor Hawthorne and partly by his own irrepressible imagination and reading of Shakespeare and other Renaissance dramatists Melville turned the book into something so strange that, when it appeared in print, many of his readers and critics were dumbfounded, even outraged. By the mid-1850s, Melville's literary reputation was all but destroyed, and he was obliged to live the rest of his life taking whatever jobs he could find and borrowing money from relatives, who fortunately were always in a position to help him. He continued to write, however, and published some marvelous short fiction pieces Benito Cereno" (1855) and "Bartleby, the Scrivener" (1853) are the best. He also published several volumes of poetry, the most important of which was Battle Pieces and Aspects of the War (1866), poems of occasionally great power that were written in response to the moral challenge of the Civil War. His posthumously published work, Billy Budd (1924), on which he worked up until the time of his death, became Melville's last significant literary work, a brilliant short novel that movingly describes a young sailor's imprisonment and death. Melville's reputation, however, rests most solidly on his great epic romance, Moby Dick. It is a difficult as well as a brilliant book, and many critics have offered interpretations of its complicated ambiguous symbolism. Darrel Abel briefly summed up Moby Dick as "the story of an attempt to search the unsearchable ways of God," although the book has historical, political, and moral implications as well. Melville died at his home in New York City early on the morning of September 28, 1891, at age 72. The doctor listed "cardiac dilation" on the death certificate. He was interred in the Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx, New York, along with his wife, Elizabeth Shaw Melville. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Créditos de la imagen: Etching of Joseph O. Eaton's portrait of Herman Melville Published c. 1944, painting created before 1891

Series

Obras de Herman Melville

Moby Dick (1851) 35,984 copias, 537 reseñas
Bartleby, el escribiente (1853) 2,920 copias, 96 reseñas
Billy Budd, marinero (1924) 2,669 copias, 53 reseñas
Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life (1846) 2,196 copias, 39 reseñas
Billy Budd and Other Stories (1924) 2,041 copias, 14 reseñas
Moby-Dick [Norton Critical Edition] (1851) 1,251 copias, 9 reseñas
The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade (1857) 1,227 copias, 14 reseñas
Billy Budd and Other Tales (1979) 968 copias, 11 reseñas
Bartleby / Benito Cereno (1853) 951 copias, 12 reseñas
Moby Dick [adapted - Great Illustrated Classics] (1851) 791 copias, 12 reseñas
Pierre; or, The Ambiguities (1852) 752 copias, 4 reseñas
Redburn / White-Jacket / Moby Dick (1983) 709 copias, 9 reseñas
Benito Cereno (1855) 704 copias, 25 reseñas
Melville: Typee, Omoo, Mardi (1982) 629 copias, 5 reseñas
Chaqueta Blanca (1850) 625 copias, 5 reseñas
Great Short Works of Herman Melville (1970) 589 copias, 2 reseñas
Graphic Classics: Moby Dick (2002) 538 copias, 14 reseñas
Omoo (1847) 509 copias, 8 reseñas
Four Great American Classics (1969) 334 copias
Benito Cereno ; Billy Budd, marinero (1855) — Autor — 268 copias, 3 reseñas
Billy Budd, Bartleby, and Other Stories (2016) 265 copias, 1 reseña
The Complete Shorter Fiction (1997) 243 copias
Mardi and a voyage thither (1849) 242 copias, 5 reseñas
Selected Tales and Poems (1950) 226 copias
Bartleby / The Lightning-Rod Man (1853) 211 copias, 4 reseñas
The Piazza Tales (1856) 204 copias, 5 reseñas
The Shorter Novels of Herman Melville (1956) — Autor — 169 copias, 1 reseña
The Maldive Shark (2015) 157 copias, 5 reseñas
The Portable Melville (1952) 154 copias, 1 reseña
Tales, Poems, and Other Writings (2001) 146 copias, 2 reseñas
Four Short Novels (1959) 143 copias, 3 reseñas
Moby-Dick or, The Whale (2006) 141 copias
Moby-Dick: A Longman Critical Edition (2007) 129 copias, 5 reseñas
Moby Dick II (1851) 122 copias, 1 reseña
Moby-Dick [abridged - Classic Starts] (2010) 120 copias, 1 reseña
Las encantadas (1854) 116 copias, 1 reseña
Classics Illustrated: Moby Dick (graphic adaptation by Bill Sienkiewicz) (1990) — Original Author — 110 copias, 4 reseñas
Clarel: A Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy Land (1959) 105 copias, 2 reseñas
Billy Budd & Typee (1958) 101 copias
Moby Dick (1851) 99 copias
Moby Dick [adapted - Dalmatian Press] (2001) 91 copias, 1 reseña
Moby Dick, Billy Budd (1984) 79 copias, 2 reseñas
100 Eternal Masterpieces of Literature - volume 2 (2021) — Contribuidor — 72 copias
Moby Dick (Graphic Novel) (2014) — Source Author — 68 copias, 6 reseñas
Moby Dick (1998) 67 copias, 4 reseñas
100 Eternal Masterpieces of Literature - volume 1 (2017) — Contribuidor — 61 copias
Works of Herman Melville (1987) 54 copias, 1 reseña
Selected Poems of Herman Melville (1964) 49 copias, 1 reseña
I And My Chimney (1984) 49 copias, 1 reseña
Bartleby, el escribiente y otros cuentos (1992) 49 copias, 3 reseñas
Moby Dick (Barron's Graphic Classics) (2007) 44 copias, 2 reseñas
Best of Herman Melville (1984) 43 copias
Moby Dick [Penguin Readers] (2006) 40 copias, 8 reseñas
On the Slain Collegians (1971) 28 copias
21 Essential American Short Stories (2011) — Contribuidor — 27 copias, 1 reseña
Cuentos completos (1900) 27 copias
John Marr and Other Poems (1888) 26 copias, 1 reseña
Billy Budd [Macmillan Readers] (1999) 25 copias, 9 reseñas
Moby Dick (2002) 24 copias
Moby Dick (Now Age Books) (1973) 19 copias, 1 reseña
Three American Poets (2003) 18 copias
The Lightning-Rod Man (2009) 16 copias
Three Stories (1996) 16 copias, 1 reseña
Short Stories (2009) 13 copias
Moby Dick: Upper Level (Macmillan Readers) (2008) 12 copias, 1 reseña
The Piazza [short story] (2009) 12 copias
Billy Budd, Sailor [Penguin Readers] (2000) 12 copias, 1 reseña
Moby Dick [adapted - Saddleback Illustrated Classics] (1999) — Original Author — 12 copias
Mardi: and A Voyage Thither, Vol. I (2011) 12 copias, 1 reseña
Selected poems (1995) 12 copias
Herman Melville: voyages (1970) 12 copias
Opere scelte vol. 1 (1990) 11 copias
The Bell-Tower (2019) 9 copias, 1 reseña
Journal Up the Straits (1971) 8 copias
Opere scelte vol. 2 (1990) 8 copias
Moby Dick (1984) 8 copias
Herman Melville (Obras selectas series) (2004) 7 copias, 1 reseña
Norfolk Isle & the Chola widow 7 copias, 1 reseña
Diario italiano (2011) 7 copias
Redburn, Vareuse-Blanche : Oeuvres, II (2004) — Autor — 6 copias
Poems of Herman Melville (1976) 6 copias
Viajar (2011) 6 copias, 1 reseña
Moby Dick (1992) 5 copias
Hawthorne and His Mosses (2014) 5 copias
MOBY DICK (2004) 5 copias
Great Masters Library: Herman Melville (1987) 5 copias, 1 reseña
Bartleby le scribe (1853) — Autor — 4 copias
Obras Completas I (2005) 4 copias
Typee & Omoo (2016) 4 copias
Œuvres, tome 1 (1997) 4 copias
Chowder (American Roots) (2014) 4 copias
Moby Dick (1987) 3 copias
The Fiddler (2013) 3 copias
Bartleby / Billy Budd (2014) 3 copias
Preferiría no hacerlo (2009) 3 copias
Moby Dick: CD ROM (2008) 3 copias
Moby Dick (1991) 3 copias
Racconti (1853) 3 copias
Moby Dick (abridged) (1969) 3 copias
Typee / Omoo / Weißjacke (1970) 3 copias
Moby Dick (2000) 3 copias
JAQUETA BRANCA (2017) 3 copias
Nowele i opowiadania (2020) 3 copias
Veranda Oykuleri (2014) 2 copias
Moby Dick (1980) 2 copias
Moby Dick. Oscar Junior (2019) 2 copias
Moby Dick 2 copias
Moby Dick 2 copias
La veranda (2016) 2 copias
Les encantades (2022) 2 copias
Short Fiction 2 copias
Moby Dick = Moby Dick (2018) 2 copias
Vareuse-Blanche (2020) 2 copias
El jugador 2 copias
Ahab, der Kapitän (1972) 2 copias
Cuentos de la Veranda (1997) 2 copias
První plavba (1849) 2 copias
Emoji Dick; Or, 🐳 (2010) 2 copias
John Marr (1991) 2 copias
Classic Comics: Moby Dick (1991) 2 copias
Obras completas . III (2005) 2 copias
Modydick 2 copias
Moby Dick Libro secondo (1993) 2 copias
Obras completas, 3 vols. (2005) 2 copias
Five tales (2000) 2 copias
The Piazza Tales (2001) 2 copias
Ca Voi Trang 1 copia
Moby Dick'1 1 copia
Poésies (2022) 1 copia
Annales 1 copia
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale (1387) 1 copia
El timador (1976) 1 copia
Moby Dick (2 Vols) (1929) 1 copia
Moby Dick, dio 1 (2004) 1 copia
Pezzi di mare: poesie (2011) 1 copia
Moby Dick 1 copia
Bartleby 1 copia, 1 reseña
MOby Dick, dio 2 (2004) 1 copia
TYPPE 1 copia
MOBY DICK 1 1 copia
MOBY DICK 2 1 copia
Oszust 1 copia
PACHUCHE BET 1 copia
Art 1 copia
Billy Budd 1 copia
Benito Cereno 1 copia
Moby Dick 1 copia
Moby Dick Filet (2015) 1 copia
Mardi: And a Voyage Thither 2 1 copia, 1 reseña
Il violinista (2012) 1 copia
Izrael Potter 1 copia
Cetologia 1 copia
Bartleby, el escribiente (2019) 1 copia
The 'Gees 1 copia
Jimmy Rose 1 copia
(all) 1 copia
Le Campanile 1 copia
Short novels 1 copia
Timoleon etc. (1891) 1 copia
Works 16 vols 1 copia
Four novels 1 copia, 1 reseña
The Tragedy of Mind (1945) 1 copia
A bord (2004) 1 copia
Erzählungen. 1 copia
Contos 1 copia
"Shiloh" 1 copia
Opere scelte (1991) 1 copia
Moby Dick (Abridged) (1962) 1 copia
Oszust (2019) 1 copia
Recontar - Moby Dick (2009) 1 copia
Bartleby up Platt (2017) 1 copia
Fives Tales 1 copia
Bartleby, el passant (1988) 1 copia
Moby Dick 35/22N 1 copia, 1 reseña
Toplu Öyküler (2019) 1 copia
Cojocelul alb 1 copia
Obras completas (2005) 1 copia
Moby Dick (1991) 1 copia
A Thought on Book-Binding 1 copia, 1 reseña
Moby Dick vagy (2012) 1 copia
Hôtel de la baleine (2015) 1 copia, 1 reseña
Moby Dick, 2 tomos (1989) 1 copia
GK - Moby Dick (2015) 1 copia
Obras 1 copia
Maldive Shark 1 copia
Derniers poèmes (2010) 1 copia
Redburn Illustrated (2020) 1 copia
El embaucador 1 copia

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Etiquetado

Conocimiento común

Nombre canónico
Melville, Herman
Nombre legal
Melville, Herman
Otros nombres
Melvill, Herman [birth name/original spelling]
Fecha de nacimiento
1819-08-01
Fecha de fallecimiento
1891-09-28
Lugar de sepultura
Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx County, New York, USA
Género
male
Nacionalidad
USA
Lugar de nacimiento
New York, New York, USA
Lugar de fallecimiento
New York, New York, USA
Causa de fallecimiento
cardiovascular disease
Lugares de residencia
New York, New York, USA [1819-1830]
Albany, New York, USA [1830-1838]
Troy, New York, USA [1838]
merchantman St. Lawrence [1839]
whaling ship Acushnet [1841]
whaling ship Charles & Henry (mostrar todos 7)
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA
Educación
New York Male School (1825)
Columbia Grammar School (1829-1830)
Albany Classical School (1835)
Albany Academy (1830-1831)
Albany Academy (1836-1837)
Lansingburgh Acadamy (1838)
Ocupaciones
bank clerk (1832-1834)
sailor
harpooner, whaleship Charles & Henry
farm hand (1834-1835)
novelist
Customs inspector, New York, New York, USA (mostrar todos 10)
clerk (1832-1834)
bookkeeper (1935-1937)
teacher (1837)
teacher (1839-1840)
Relaciones
Metcalf, Paul (great-grandson)
Hawthorne, Nathaniel (friend)
Dana, Richard Henry (friend)
Biografía breve
Herman Melville, American author, was born in New York City on the 1st of August 1819. He shipped as a cabin-boy at the age of eighteen, thus being enabled to make his first visit to England, and at twenty-two sailed for a long whaling cruise in the Pacific. After a year and a half he deserted his ship at the Marquesas Islands, on account of the cruelty of the captain; was captured by cannibals on the island of Nukahiva, and detained, without hardship, four months; was rescued by the crew of an Australian vessel, which he joined, and two years later reached New York. Thereafter, with the exception of a passenger voyage around the world in 1860, Melville remained in the United States, devoting himself to literature -- though for a considerable period (1866-1885) he held a post in the New York custom-house -- and being perhaps Hawthorne's most intimate friend among the literary men of America. His writings were numerous, but judged of varying merit by his contemporaries; his verse, patriotic and other was forgotten; and his works of fiction and of travel were deemed of irregular execution. Nevertheless, few authors have been enabled so freely to introduce romantic personal experiences into their books. He portrayed seafaring life and character with vigour and originality, and from a personal knowledge equal to that of Cooper, Marryat or Clark Russell. But these records of adventure were followed by other tales that his contemporaries found so turgid, eccentric, opinionative, and loosely written as to seem the work of another author. He died a failed author in New York on the 28th of September 1891. The 20th century's collective reassessment of his work is much more favorable, and he is now classed among the greatest American writers.

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Editorial E. Rei Argentina
85 páginas
ISBN: 950-695-106-7
Series: Biblioteca Página 12 (volumen 29)
 
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al12gui | 95 reseñas más. | Jun 10, 2024 |
Es uno de los libros que más me ha impactado de principio a fin... Es sin duda un libro que hay que leerlo más de una vez en tu vida
 
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La obra de Herman Melville (1819-1891) –una de las más complejas, originales y profundas de la literatura moderna– ha conocido uno de los destinos más extraños que concebirse pueda; apenas valorada en el momento de su publicación, olvidada prácticamente después de su muerte, su redescubrimiento a lo largo de la década de 1930 la situó definitivamente en un lugar de honor dentro de la narrativa moderna. El presente volumen contiene dos novelas breves escritas en distintas fechas y con diferentes propósitos y estilo, pero a las que une la nota común de su ambientación marinera. Benito Cereno (1854) es una historia basada en hechos reales, documentalmente probados ante los tribunales en un juicio que se hizo célebre. Es una de las narraciones más explícitas y sencillas del autor, pero en él los característicos elementos del relato marinero clásico se desarrollan de tal manera que por momentos linda con el de terror. Billy Budd, marinero es una novela póstuma, escrita en 1889 y publicada 1924, que narra la historia de un muchacho ingenuo y lleno de buenos propósitos que se enfrenta con el clima opresivo y agobiante de una tripulación hostil, alegoría tal vez del carácter cerrado, enigmático e inhumano que el mundo tuvo para Melville.… (más)
 
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ferperezm | 24 reseñas más. | Feb 10, 2023 |
1797. La amenaza revolucionaria y las ambiciones de Napoleón tienen consternada a Europa. El buque mercante Derechos del Hombre es abordado por el navío de guerra Bellipotent de la Armada británica, con la intención de reclutar hombres a la fuerza. El único elegido es un muchacho huérfano, el gaviero Billy Budd, un hombre de paz del que el capitán del mercante se resiste a prescindir, pues con su bondad y hermosura calma y anima a la tripulación.
 
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