Melville - A Biography

Author(s): Laurie Robertson-Lorant

Literary biography

Drawing on more than five hundred newly discovered letters, this book immerses the reader in the often turbulent world of Herman Melville, from his childhood to his seafaring days, to his often frustrating career as a writer. With energetic prose and an unerring eye for psychological nuance, Laurie Robertson-Lorant explores the forces that shaped the man: the women and children in his life, his enigmatic relationship with Nathaniel Hawthorne, the psychosexual tensions that informed his art, his struggles against debt, his disappointment about failing to win a popular audience for his more serious work, and the alcoholism and violence that plagued his family. Melville is an account of one of America's preeminent literary geniuses.


Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780517593141
  • : Clarkson Potter
  • : Clarkson Potter
  • : May 1996
  • : ---length:- '9.25'width:- '6.125'units:- Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Laurie Robertson-Lorant
  • : Hardback
  • : very good
  • : 928