Herman Melville Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Herman Melville Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Herman Melville’s career as a novelist breaks down, somewhat too neatly, into a three-part voyage of frustration and disappointment. The first part of his career is characterized by the heady successes of Typee and Omoo; the second by the frustrating failure of, among others, Moby Dick; and the third by his increasing withdrawal from publication and the final discovery of and acclaim for Billy Budd, Foretopman, thirty-two years after Melville’s death. After the initial successes of Typee and Omoo, Melville never again achieved anything approaching popular success, but it was the acclaim over those two novels that assured Melville that he should attempt to make his way as a...

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