Cover of: Billy Budd and Other Tales | Herman Melville

About the Book

Herman Melville's short stories, somewhat neglected during his lifetime, today are considered to be among the small masterpieces of American fiction.

His imagination is inventive, ironic, and extraordinarily attuned to our times. His settings and themes are various: the limits of artistic creation; the opposition of innocence and evil; fear of isolation; the inviolate sanctity of the human heart; the fearfulness of and fascination with the "enchanted isles"; the ferocity of the white whale; Calvinist hell-fire and damnation.

Melville's stories, like his great novel Moby-Dick, are unique in narrative method, profound in theme, and full of delights at all levels. This collection includes not only Billy Budd (in a reading text based on the famous Harvard edition), but also all of The Piazza Tales, as well as "the Town-Ho's Story" from Moby-Dick.

Contains:
| Billy Budd |
| The piazza |
| Bartleby |
| Benito Cereno |
| The lightning-rod man |
| The Encantadas, or, Enchanted Isles |
| The bell-tower |
| The town-ho's story from Moby Dick. |

About the Edition

Herman Melville's short stories, somewhat neglected during his lifetime, today are considered to be among the small masterpieces of American fiction.

Like his great novel Moby-Dick, Melville's stories are unique in narrative method, profound in theme, and full of delights at all levels. This collection includes not only Billy Budd (in a reading text based on the famous Harvard edition), but also all of The Piazza Tales, as well as "the Town-Ho's Story" from Moby-Dick.
(back cover)

Table of Contents

Billy Budd --
The piazza --
Bartleby --
Benito Cereno --
The lightning-rod man --
The Encantadas, or Enchanted Islands --
The bell-tower --
The To-Ho's story from Moby-Dick.

Edition Notes

Series
Signet Classic 451-CJ1714
Copyright Date
1979

The Physical Object

Format
Mass Market Paperback
Pagination
334p.
Number of pages
336

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL7576684M
Internet Archive
billybuddsignetc00herm
ISBN 10
0451517148
ISBN 13
9780451517142
OCLC/WorldCat
11268837, 1028725386
Library Thing
61331
Goodreads
24663827
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