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Title: Herman Melville


1
Herman Melville
  • 1819-1891

2
Biography
  • Born in NYC on August 1, 1819 to a somewhat poor
    family and had a father that was a slow man.
  • He was one of eight children.
  • When his father died in 1832, the family moved to
    Lansingbrough which is a small neighborhood with
    New York where Herman and his brother were forced
    to work to provide for the family.
  • Looking for work, he became a cabin boy on a ship
    going to Liverpool where he got the idea for a
    book known as Redburn The first voyage.
  • He wrote the book, Moby Dick, which was a story
    about whalers romance during an 18-month cruise.
  • On August 4th, 1847, Herman married Elizabeth
    Shaw and had 4 children and the oldest of which
    commited suicide at age 19.
  • The death of his son really hurt Herman.
  • Herman soon became ill and died on September 28,
    1891 at the age of 72.

3
Important Works
  • Melvilles most known work was originally
    entitled The Whale, but we all know the book as
    Moby Dick.
  • Was published on October 18, 1851 in England the
    first American version was published on November
    14, 1851.
  • Book did not receive good reviews, and sold very
    poorly.
  • A lot of people criticized him for not including
    the epilogue in the final copy because they
    thought he should have provided a little more
    background information.
  • Melvilles first published book was entitled
    Typee made him famous in England.
  • Melville first tried to publish it in America,
    but was rejected because they thought it was too
    fantastic to be true.
  • Was later published in America after they made
    him revise it to make it seem more realistic
    (even though later, they found out that it was
    based on a true story).

4

Herman Melville born in New York city in 1819.
Melvilles father died when he was only 12.
5
Interesting Facts
  • 3rd of 8 children.
  • His grandfather was in the Boston Tea Party.
  • Moby Dick only sold 3,000 copies during
    Melvilles lifetime.
  • In 1826 Melville got scarlet fever, and it left
    him with permanently damaged eyesight

6
Works Cited
  • http//www.kirjasto.sci.fi/melville.htm
  • http//www.online-literature.com/melville/
  • www.wikipedia.com
  • www.melville.org
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