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Billy Budd and Other Tales

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An edition of Billy Budd and Other Tales (1961)

Billy Budd and Other Tales

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Pages
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THE PIAZZA - BARTLEBY - BENITO CERENO - THE LIGHTNING-ROD MAN - THE ENCANTADAS - THE BELL TOWER - THE TOWN-HO’S STORY

The short stories of Herman Melville are considered today to be among the small masterpieces of American fiction. BILLY BUDD, Melville's posthumously published novella, is a classic tale of innocence, evil, and murder that depicts the rivalry between a simple, handsome young sailor and a demonic superior. BARTLEBY is the subtly comic tale of an apathetic scrivener, and BENITO CERENO is the story of a Spanish sea captain caught up in a slave revolt on his ship. Included in this volume are THE PIZZA TALES as well as THE TOWN-HO'S STORY, a chapter from MOBY-DICK. By turns haunting and comic, and always compelling, these fine stories convey the diversity and grandeur of Melville's talent as well as the depth of his themes.

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Billy Budd and Other Tales
1998-07, Signet Classic
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Billy Budd and Other Tales
1979, Signet Classic
Mass Market Paperback in English - 32nd printing
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Billy Budd: and Other Tales
1979, Signet Classic/New American Library
Mass Market Paperback in English - 24th printing
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Billy Budd and Other Tales
1979, Signet Classic (New American Library)
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Billy Budd and Other Tales
1961, Signet Classic from New American Library
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New York, USA

Table of Contents

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.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 327-329).
"Revised and updated bibliography."
US/CAN

Genre
Fiction.
Other Titles
Billy Budd
Copyright Date
1998

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
813/.3
Library of Congress
PS2382 .1998, PS2382 1998

Contributors

Introduction
Joyce Carol Oates

The Physical Object

Format
Mass Market Paperback
Pagination
xvii, 329 p. ;
Number of pages
329

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL705184M
Internet Archive
billybuddotherta0000melv
ISBN 10
0451526872
ISBN 13
9780451526878
LCCN
97062337
OCLC/WorldCat
72438986, 833548021
Amazon ID (ASIN)
0451526872
Google
9unlqpP_14MC
Library Thing
3469
Goodreads
392478

Work Description

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. |

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The year 1797, the year of this narrative, belongs to a period which as everythinker now feels, involved a crisis for Christendom not exceeded in its undetermined momentousness a the time by any other era whereof there is record.
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