Herman Melville

1819 - 1891



The Author


Herman Melville was born in 1819 in New York. In 1838 he became a sailor and lived for a short time among the Typee cannibals. In 1850 he moved to Pittsfield, Massachusetts. There he formed a close friendship with Nathaniel Hawthorne. In 1851 he published "Moby Dick", but the novel was no success. His last years were marked by poverty and isolation and he died in 1891 at the age of 72.




The Works


Typee (1846)

Omoo (1847)

Mardi (1849)

Redburn (1849)

White-Jacket (1850)

Moby Dick, or the Whale (1851)

Pierre (1852)

Israel Potter (1855)

The Piazza Tales (1856 )

The Piazza

Bartleby the Scrivener (1853)

Benito Cereno

The Ligthning-rod Man

The Encantadas; or, Enchanted Islands

The Bell-tower

The Confidence Man (1857)

Billy Budd (1924)

Journal Up the Straits (1935)

Journal of a Visit to London (1948)

Journal of a Visit to Europe and the Levant (1955)


Battles-Pieces and Aspects of War (1866)

Clarel (1876)

John Marr and Other Sailors (1888)

Timoleon (1891)

Weeds and Wildings (1924)

Letters (1960)