Herman Melville - age: 72

Herman Melville

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A towering figure in American literature, Melville is the author of several seafaring tales, including "Billy Budd, Sailor," "Typee," and the classic novel, "Moby-Dick." He is also famous for shorter works such as "Bartleby, the Scrivener" and "Benito Cereno."Despite the immense critical acclaim that Moby-Dick has received over the decades, the book was panned by critics at the time of its initial publication, and it ruined Melville's literary reputation during his own lifetime.He was very good friends with Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The Scarlet Letter.


He worked as a surveyor for the Erie Canal before taking a position on the crew of a New York ship headed for Liverpool. Later, he sailed on the whaling ship, Acushnet, an experience that inspired his masterpiece novel, Moby-Dick.


He and his seven siblings were born in New York City to Maria Gansevoort Melvill and Allan Melvill. Herman Melville (who changed the spelling of his last name) married Elizabeth Shaw in 1847, and the couple had two daughters and two sons.

Historical Events in the Life of Herman Melville

1851-11-14 "Moby-Dick" by Herman Melville first published by Harper and Brothers in the US
1857-4-1 Herman Melville publishes The Confidence-Man.

Famous Quotes
It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. Herman Melville


Novelist Herman Melville were born on Sunday, birthstone is Peridot, the seaon was Summer in the Chinese year of , it is 212 days until Herman Melville next birthday.

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