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Herman Melville

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A towering number in American books, Melville may be the author of many seafaring stories, including “Billy Budd, Sailor,” “Typee,” and “Moby-Dick.” He’s also well-known for shorter functions such as for example “Bartleby, the Scrivener” and “Benito Cereno.” He worked well like a surveyor for the Erie Canal before going for a position within the team of a fresh York dispatch going for Liverpool. Later on, he sailed within the whaling dispatch Acushnet, an event that influenced his masterpiece book, Moby-Dick. Regardless of the tremendous essential acclaim that Moby-Dick offers received on the years, the publication was panned by critics during its preliminary publication, and it ruined Melville’s literary status during his personal life time. He and his seven siblings had been born in NEW YORK to Maria Gansevoort Melvill and Allan Melvill. Herman Melville (who transformed the spelling of his last name) wedded Elizabeth Shaw in 1847, as well as the few got two daughters and two sons. He was extremely friends with Nathaniel Hawthorne, writer of The Scarlet Notice.

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Full Name Herman Melville
Date Of Birth August 1, 1819
Died September 28, 1891, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth New York City, NY
Profession Novelist
Education Lansingburgh Academy, The Albany Academy, The Albany Academy, Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School
Nationality American
Spouse Elizabeth Shaw
Children Malcolm Melville, Stanwix Melville, Frances Melville, Elizabeth Melville
Parents Maria Gansevoort Melville, Allan Melville
Siblings Thomas Melville, Frances Priscilla Melville, Allan Melville, Gansevoort Melville, Catherine Gansevoort Melville Hoadley, Helen Maria Melville Griggs, Augusta Melville
Movies Moby Dick, Pola X, Billy Budd, Beau Travail, The Sea Beast, Capitaine Achab, Moby Dick—Rehearsed, Bartleby, Enchanted Island, Omoo-Omoo, the Shark God, Last of the Pagans, Benito Cereno, Demon of the Sea
Star Sign Leo

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1Went to sea in his youth, as a cabin boy aboard the whaler 'Acushnet' (1841-42). He deserted his ship at the Marquesas Islands and lived among cannibals. Boarded the Australian whaler 'Lucy Ann' and left at Papeete, for a while becoming a beachcomber. Returned to the U.S. signed on as a seaman aboard the frigate 'United States' (1843-44). His early book "Typee" (1846) is based on these experiences.
2Worked as a customs inspector on New York docks from 1866 to 1885.
3The ubiquitous cartoon character "Nude Dude", who advertised the eponymous brand of truss in comic books and men's magazines in the 1950s, was based on a linocut portrait of Herman Melville from the cover-art of his 1849 novel "Redburn". The complete title of the autobiographical bildungsroman cum adventure tale, published in two volumes in 1849, was "Redburn: His First Voyage, Being the Sailor-Boy, Confessions and Reminiscences of the Son-of-a-Gentleman, In the Merchant Service".
4Children: Malcolm Melville, born February 16 1849; Stanwix Melville, born October 22 1851; Elizabeth Melville, born 1853; and Frances Melville, born March 2 1855.
5Ancestor of musician Richard Melville Hall who records under the name Moby after his novel 'Moby Dick'.
6Pictured on a 20¢ US commemorative postage stamp issued in his honor, 1 August 1984.
7Born at 11:30pm-LMT


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Moby Dick2011TV Mini-Series novel
Age of the Dragons2011novel
2010: Moby Dick2010Video story
Bartleby le scribe2010TV Movie based on the play by
Bartleby - Geschichte der Wall Street2010TV Movie story "Bartleby the Scrivener"
Capitaine Achab2007
Moby Dick et le secret de Mu2005TV Series novel
Capitaine Achab2004Short novel "Moby Dick"
Partanen2003TV Movie story "Bartleby the Scrivener"
Bartleby2001story "Bartleby the Scrivener"
Moby Dick2000Short novel "Moby Dick"
Beau travail1999story "Billy Budd, Sailor"
Pola X1999novel "Pierre, or, the Ambiguities"
War is Kind: Poetry of the Civil War1999Video poetry written by
Billy Budd1998TV Movie novel
Moby Dick1998TV Mini-Series novel - 2 episodes
History's Mysteries1998TV Series documentary excerpt - 1 episode
The Adventures of Moby Dick1996Video novel
Bartleby ou Les hommes au rebut1993Short story "Bartleby the Scrivener"
Billy Budd1988TV Movie novel
Ghostbusters1986TV Series characters: Moby-Dick and Captain Ahab - 1 episode
Moby Dick1978writer
Moby-Dick1977TV Movie novel
Bartleby the Scrivener1977TV Movie original story
Bartleby1976short story
Los libros1974TV Series novel - 1 episode
Hora once1972TV Series novel - 1 episode
Mobi Dik1972TV Movie novel "Moby Dick"
Bartleby1970/IIstory "Bartleby, the Scrivener; A Story of Wall-street"
Bartleby1970/IShort novel
NBC Experiment in Television1970TV Series characters - 1 episode
Benito Cereno1969short story
NET Playhouse1967TV Series story - 1 episode
Billy Budd1966TV Movie from the story by
As Ilhas Encantadas1965story "The Encantadas, or Enchanted Isles"
The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo1964TV Series novel - 1 episode
Le théâtre de la jeunesse1964TV Series novel "Israël Potter" - 1 episode
Bartleby1963TV Movie
Billy Budd1962from the novel: "Billy Budd Foretopman"
The DuPont Show of the Month1959TV Series novel - 1 episode
Enchanted Island1958novel "Typee"
Bartleby l'écrivain1957TV Movie short story
Zwischen Himmel und Meer1957TV Movie novel "Benito Cereno"
Moby Dick1956novel "Moby-Dick; or, The Whale"
Moby Dick Rehearsed1955TV Movie novel "Moby-Dick; or, The Whale"
Encounter1955TV Series novel - 1 episode
Ponds Theater1955TV Series novel - 1 episode
Moby Dick1954TV Movie novel
Your Favorite StoryTV Series story "A Tale of the Enchanted Isles" - 1 episode, 1953 story - 1 episode, 1953
Schlitz Playhouse1952TV Series novel - 1 episode
Omoo-Omoo the Shark God1949novel "Omoo"
Last of the Pagans1935book "Typee" - uncredited
Dämon des Meeres1931novel "Moby-Dick; or, The Whale"
Moby Dick1930by
The Sea Beast1926novel "Moby-Dick; or, The Whale"
The Enigma of Benito Cerenonovel announced
Moby-Dick2013based on: novel "Moby Dick; or, The Whale"

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Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Home of the Brave: A Film by Laurie Anderson1986Documentary writer: "Blue Lagoon"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Revenge of the Whale2001TV Movie documentary thanks

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#Quote
1Some dying men are the most tyrannical; and certainly, since they will shortly trouble us so little for evermore, the poor fellows ought to be indulged.
2Faith, like a jackal, feeds among the tombs, and even from these dead doubts she gathers her most vital hope.


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