Cover of: Billy Budd | Herman Melville

Contributors

  • Introduction
    Willard Thorp

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)

First Sentence

IN THE TIME before steamships, or then more frequently than now, a stroller along the docks of any considerable seaport would occasionally have his attention arrested by a group of bronzed mariners, man-of-war's men or merchant sailors in holiday attire, ashore on liberty.

Table of Contents

Billy Budd --
The Piazza --
Bartleby --
Benito Cereno --
The lightning-rod man --
The encantadas --
The bell-tower --
The town-ho's story.

Edition Notes

US/CAN

Other Titles
Billy Budd
Copyright Date
1979

The Physical Object

Format
Mass Market Paperback
Pagination
333
Number of pages
334

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL7576998M
Internet Archive
billybudd00herm
ISBN 10
0451522370
ISBN 13
9780451522375
OCLC/WorldCat
1028726512
Library Thing
61331
Goodreads
565157
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