Robert A. Rees (essay date 1966)
SOURCE: “Melville's Alma and The Book of Mormon,” in Emerson Society Quarterly, Vol. 43, II Quarter, 1966, pp. 41-46.
[In the following essay, Rees investigates the question of whether or not nineteenth-century American novelist Herman Melville was influenced by The Book of Mormon.]
In letters to three different people, not long after Mardi had been published, Melville spoke of what he felt was its latent excellence. To his father-in-law Judge Lemuel Shaw, he wrote, “Time, which is the solver of all riddles, will solve ‘Mardi’.”1 In a letter to Richard Bentley, 5 June 1849, Melville assured him, “‘Mardi’ in its higher...
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