Tales, Poems, and Other Writings

Paperback $29.00

Jul 09, 2002 | 688 Pages

  • Paperback $29.00

    Jul 09, 2002 | 688 Pages

Praise

“An amazing guided tour of the real Melville.” —Robert Sullivan

“Bryant shows us the writer who, . . . even when he worked in obscurity and despair, was constantly changing, constantly revising, constantly experimenting, with new and more beautiful forms—a writer who had to keep moving, like a shark.” —Robert Sullivan, author of A Whale Hunt and The Meadowlands

“No other anthology presents the extraordinary range of Melville’s writing across the second half of the nineteenth century or makes vivid Melville’s restless experiments in prose and poetry . . . the fullest picture of Melville’s achievement available in a single volume.” —Samuel Otter, professor of English, University of California at Berkeley

“Bryant, a Melville expert with a clear and vigorous prose style, offers a fresh view of Melville. . . . Bryant’s well-chosen selections . . . support his assertion that Melville and his grand, complex, and soulful work need to be seen in a new light.” —Booklist

Table Of Contents

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE V
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS IX
HERMAN MELVILLE: A WRITER IN PROCESS
by John Bryant XVII
A NOTE ON THE TEXT LI
PART ONE. STARTING OUT
FRAGMENTS FROM A WRITING DESK, NO. 2 5
VERSIONS OF TYPEE: TYPEE, CHAPTER 14 14
PART TWO. THE ART OF TELLING THE TRUTH
LETTERS 29
From Letter to John Murray, 15 July 1846 29
To Evert A. Duyckinck, 3 March 1849 32
Contents
To Evert A. Duyckinck, 5 April 1849 33
From Letter to Evert A. Duyckinck, 13 December 1850 35
To Nathaniel Hawthorne, [16 April?] 1851 36
To Nathaniel Hawthorne, [1 June?] 1851 38
To Nathaniel Hawthorne, [17?] November 1851 42
To Sophia Peabody Hawthorne, 8 January 1852 44
HAWTHORNE AND HIS MOSSES 47
PART THREE. TALES AND SKETCHES
BARTLEBY, THE SCRIVENER 65
COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO! 99
FROM THE ENCANTADAS: THE CHOLA WIDOW 121
THE TWO TEMPLES 134
THE PARADISE OF BACHELORS AND
THE TARTARUS OF MAIDS 147
THE BELL-TOWER 168
BENITO CERENO 182
THE ’GEES 258
I AND MY CHIMNEY 264
THE PIAZZA 291
PART FOUR. STATUES IN ROME AND POEMS BY
HERMAN MELVILLE
STATUES IN ROME 307
POEMS BY HERMAN MELVILLE 319
Madam Mirror 319
Fruit and Flower Painter 320
xii . Contents
The New Ancient of Days, or
The Man of the Cave of Engihoul 321
To ——. 323
VERSIONS OF “CAMOËNS”: BEFORE AND AFTER 325
Immolated 330
Pontoosuce 331
PART FIVE. FROM BATTLE-PIECES
The Portent 337
Misgivings 337
The Conflict of Convictions 338
The March into Virginia 341
Dupont’s Round Fight 342
A Utilitarian View of the Monitor’s Fight 343
Shiloh 344
Malvern Hill 344
The House-top 346
The Armies of the Wilderness 347
The Swamp Angel 354
The College Colonel 356
“The Coming Storm” 357
“Formerly a Slave” 357
The Apparition (A Retrospect) 358
On the Slain Collegians 358
America 361
Commemorative of a Naval Victory 363
SUPPLEMENT 364
Contents . xiii
PART SIX. FROM CLAREL: A POEM AND PILGRIMAGE
IN THE HOLY LAND
Vine and Clarel. Book II, Canto 27 375
The Prodigal. Book IV, Canto 26 380
Epilogue. Book IV, Canto 35 389
PART SEVEN. PROSE & POEM: JOHN MARR, AND OTHERS
FROM JOHN MARR AND OTHER SAILORS
WITH SOME SEA-PIECES 393
John Marr 393
The Æolian Harp at the Surf Inn 399
The Tuft of Kelp 401
The Maldive Shark 401
The Berg 401
Pebbles, I–VII 403
FROM THE BURGUNDY CLUB 405
House of the Tragic Poet 405
The Marquis de Grandvin 410
To M. de Grandvin 415
At the Hostelry 415
RAMMON AND “THE ENVIABLE ISLES” 436
UNDER THE ROSE 441
PART EIGHT. BILLY BUDD
BILLY BUDD, SAILOR: AN INSIDE NARRATIVE 449
VERSIONS OF BILLY: THE UR–BILLY BUDD 523
xiv . Contents
PART NINE. FROM TIMOLEON, ETC.
After the Pleasure Party 529
The Ravaged Villa 534
Magian Wine 534
The Garden of Metrodorus 534
In a Garret 535
Monody 535
Lone Founts 535
VERSIONS OF “ART” 537
Buddha 542
C———’s Lament 542
Shelley’s Vision 543
The Age of the Antonines 543
In a Bye-Canal 544
Milan Cathedral 545
The Parthenon 546
Off Cape Colonna 547
The Archipelago 548
Syra 549
The Great Pyramid 551
PART TEN. FROM WEEDS AND WILDINGS, CHIEFLY:
WITH A ROSE OR TWO
The Little Good Fellows 555
The Chipmunk 556
RIP VAN WINKLE’S LILAC 557
NINE ROSE POEMS 566
Contents . xv
The Ambuscade 566
Under the Ground 566
Amoroso 567
The New Rosicrucians 568
The Vial of Attar 568
Hearth-Roses 569
Rose Window 569
Rosary Beads, I–III 570
The Devotion of the Flowers to Their Lady 571
NOTES 573
BIBLIOGRAPHY 609
INDEX OF POETRY TITLES 615
INDEX OF POETRY FIRST LINES 619

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