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Belated 198th Birthday Wish to Herman Melville

By Andy | August 2, 2017


If you missed it, Herman Melville’s 198th birthday celebration was yesterday on 8/1/17. To celebrate, first listen to WGBH’s commentary about Herman Melville by Mark Herz and Edgar B. Herwick III , then decide  what you want to read by calling Talk Books Plus at 401 – 574-9310 or email us at olis.tbplus@olis.ri.gov. The following are some of his noted works as well a commentary about his life.

DB 34184 ” Moby Dick ” by Herman Melville – Classic sea tale of Captain Ahab seeking revenge against the white whale that took his leg with disastrous results for him and his crew. Available in digital cartridge or downloadable via BARD.

DB09738 ” Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life ” by Herman Melville – the novel portrays a civilized man held captive by Polynesians, who were then practicing cannibalism. Available in digital cartridge or downloadable via BARD.

DB12459 ” Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas ” by Herman Melville – ” a realistic novel published in 1847, recapitulates the end of ” Typee ” as a British whaler rescues Melville, an American sailor. He and the ship’s doctor become fast friend and share many adventures in the South Pacific: mutiny, imprisonment, and a beachcombing existence in Tahiti. Available in digital cartridge or downloadable via BARD.

DB18071 ”  White -Jacket, or, the World in a Man-of-War ” by Herman Melville – ” Based on the author’s experience, the novel presents an intriguing documentary of Navy life in the 1840’s aboard the U. S. Frigate, the ‘Neversink’ “. Available in digital cartridge or downloadable via BARD.

DB63940 ” Melville: His World and Work ” by Andrew Delbanco – ” Columbia University Professor examines the autobiographical aspects of Herman Melville’s works. Describes the poverty that forced Melville (1819 – 1891) to leave school and seek employment at the age of thirteen, his time at sea during his twenties, his friendship with Nathaniel Hawthorne, and his posthumous fame “. Available in digital cartridge or downloadable via BARD.

 

 

 

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